ICT and Computing

Intent – What are we aiming to achieve through our curriculum?

  • To become digitally literate with the ability to express and develop ideas through information and communication technology.
  • To become responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
  • To become active participants in a digital world.
  • To develop personal learning and thinking skills to enable students to enter further education / work and adult life as confident and capable individuals
  • To develop computational thinking and creativity in the use of new or unfamiliar technologies.
  • To develop analytical skills in problem solving using computational terms.
  • To understand a range of ways to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely, including protecting their online identity and privacy.
  • Be able to recognise inappropriate content, contact and conduct and know how to report concerns.
  • To engage in the practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve problems.
  • To understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computing, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation.
  • To ensure all students have the opportunity to leave The Valley School with a computing / IT related qualification which reflects the best of their ability.

Implementation – How are we delivering our curriculum?

  • Students have full access to the Computing National Curriculum which is adapted to meet students’ learning needs and styles.
  • The Computing curriculum is designed to be challenging but appropriate to each student’s stage of development.
  • The Computing Curriculum offers opportunities for cross-curricular learning, to ensure students make significant personal development.
  • The Computing curriculum is designed to build and expand on previous skills and subject knowledge, over a 5-year period. It also plans for opportunities for repetition to embed knowledge, increasing the chance of information recall and to integrate new knowledge into larger ideas.
  • In KS4 Computing is offered as an Option where student can achieve a BTEC module in Creative Media Production;

Impact – What difference is the curriculum making to our students?

  • In Computing, the vast majority of students meet or exceed their expected progress, based on their starting points.
  • Functional skills and life-skills are embedded in the Computing curriculum and are personalised for each student.
  • The very large majority of students are on track to meet or exceed their expected outcomes in Year 11.
  • Students are well-prepared for the next stage of their education

Key Stage 3 Learning Journey