“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.”
– Steven Hawking.
At Cornfield school we believe that computing is an essential part of the national curriculum. Computing is an integral part of modern day life and therefore provides a wealth of learning opportunities, explicitly within computing and also across other curriculum areas. Through the study of computing, students are able to develop a wide range of fundamental skills, knowledge and understanding that they will need as computing has become a part of everyday life. For most of us, technologies are essential at home and work. Computational Thinking is a skill which students must be taught in order to provide them with essential knowledge and skills that will enable them to participate effectively in the digital world. The National Curriculum defines three clear aspects of the computing curriculum: Computer Science (CS), Information Technology (IT) and Digital Literacy (DL). Students will be given the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding in each area. We teach computing to all students, whatever their ability, in accordance with the school curriculum policy to provide a broad and balanced education to all students. Teachers provide learning opportunities matched to the needs of students with learning difficulties. Within computing lessons students are given the opportunity to work collaboratively and communicate effectively with each other. We encourage students to reflect and evaluate on their ability to work together and to discuss how their communication has an effect on their learning. The cultural and social impact of computing and digital technology are made clear in the ability to share, add to and create content in a connected way with others. Alongside this, students sit ICT Functional Skills Level 1 and 2 with OCR, from both of these qualifications, students can see results within a matter of months. This is really useful for building student confidence with ICT as they are given constant feedback. This also works extremely well with students who have only been with us for a short time, which ensures all students make progress.