Curriculum Intent

At Woodham, we want our students to gain knowledge and develop skills that will enable students to navigate an ever-changing digital world. Computing allows students to develop skills such as resilience, abstraction, decomposition, algorithmic thinking and independence which can be applied to other school subjects and areas of life. 

Key Stage 3

At the start of Key Stage 3 students learn the skills required to operate a computer and the basic knowledge to safely navigate the internet allowing our students to efficiently access the remainder of the curriculum in Computing and other subject areas too. The core of Computing is computer science, in which students are taught the principles of information and computation and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, students are equipped to use information technology to create programs and a range of content. We ensure that students become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through information and communication technology.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 we provide a balanced curriculum by offering both a GCSE in Computer Science along with the more general purpose Cambridge Nationals in IT qualification.  In Computer Science students study how computers and networks work, cyber security topics and programming techniques. In IT students study how to use spreadsheets, create augmented reality apps and learn about how IT is used in society.