“In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks”
“Whether you want to uncover the secrets of the universe, or you want to pursue a career in the 21st century, basic computer programming is an essential skill to learn.”
Computer Science underpins almost all areas of the modern world and many new opportunities in science, engineering and the creative industries could not have been realised without it. Businesses are increasingly seeking students who are able in their ability use a computer on a general basis, confident in coding, algorithmic thinking, and have an awareness of cybersecurity. Computer technology continues to advance rapidly and the way that technology is consumed has also been changing at a fast pace over recent years. The growth in the use of mobile devices and web-related technologies has exploded, resulting in new challenges for employers and employees.
Develop students to be able to:
- Understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of Computer Science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms, and data representation.
- Analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated experience of writing computer program in order to solve such problems (debugging).
- Evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar tech, analytically to solve problems.
- Develop soft skills such as collaboration, decision making, problem solving, analysing and perseverance.
- Become responsible, confident, competent and creative users of information and communication technology becoming confident digital citizens.
- Ensure that students leaving Atlantic Academy Portland are equipped with a full range of skills to embrace a future of rapidly advancing computer technology and are ready for a career in a globally competitive workforce.
Implementation: Key stage 3
Students will undertake creative projects that involve selecting, using, and combining multiple applications to achieve challenging goals. This includes collecting and analysing data and meeting the needs of known users. They will understand a range of ways to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely: including protecting their online identity and privacy; recognising inappropriate content; contact and conduct; and knowing how to report concerns.
Implementation: Key stage 4
Computer Science gives an insight into what goes on ‘behind the scenes’, including computer programming. Developing ability to think critically, analyse complex problems and find ways of solving them. The problem-solving skills developed through computer programming can be transferred to other subjects and applied in day-to-day life.
“Whatever school they attend or what field they plan to go into, every student should have the opportunity to understand the principles and practices of computing. This will broaden their career opportunities and is critical to developing a globally competitive workforce for the 21st century. Google could not have been founded and could not have grown without top quality computer science education."
Ronan Harris, UK MD of Google