Computer Science at the Isle of Wight Education Federation – “The computer was born to solve problems that did not exist before.” — Bill Gates.
Computing and the use of ICT is central to the education of all children because they will be required to use technology, throughout their education and on into work. Students should have the opportunity to apply and develop their technological understanding and skills across a wide range of situations and tasks to allow them to deal with technology issues outside of education.
A high-quality computing education, equips students to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which students are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, students are being equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems, and a range of content. Computing also ensures that students become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for use in future workplaces and as active participants in a digital world.
The Computer Science Department at The Isle of Wight Education Federation prepares pupils to take an active part in the world beyond school by developing their all-round computing and information technology skills. Pupils are taught in mixed groups, accessing a wide range of topics that incorporates all levels of attainment.
Topics have been carefully chosen to allow as broad an understanding of the subject as possible for those who do not continue into GCSE. At the same time, a sound foundation of knowledge, application and academic rigour required for GCSE is provided. We believe it is essential for students studying Computing and ICT at foundation level to get as clear an idea of the level of application and academic rigour required for GCSE success in Computer Science before they make their options choices. Assessment uses grade descriptors from the Computing National Curriculum.
Schemes of work are designed so that areas of knowledge are revisited and built upon during the first three years of school. Those choosing to follow further study will then build upon these skills during the GCSE, and possibly A-Level courses that are on offer. Homework runs alongside classwork and utilises the iDEA platform, providing a very wide range of IT and Computing based mini courses. Progress on this is monitored, with pupils able to gain bronze, silver, and gold awards.