Computer Science

In the last few decades computing has completely redefined the society we live in, leaving virtually no area of life untouched.  In computer science pupils develop a love of learning for the subject and an understanding that there are no limits to their own development in programming and IT.   

An important life skill for anyone is to problem solve.  Using the strands of computational thinking this will aid learners with their Computer Science studies and, as it is embedded within everyday life activities  Pupils will be given guidance on how to work safely on-line so that it will be second nature to carry out all the necessary steps for their own safety as well as those around them. 

At KS3 pupils will be given the opportunity to develop their computer coding and digital technology skills.  Learning the language of code is an important added bonus as pupils who develop their coding skills will be able to grasp the magic behind the computers.  This will allow them to take their studies onto KS4 and to Further and Higher education if they desire and ultimately secure a career within a large range of industries. 

Computer Science is compulsory at KS3 and students opt to take the subject for their GCSE/A-Levels. 

Curriculum Intent 

Norlington supports students in delivering computing effectively and well by producing a rich, broad and balanced computing curriculum fully mapped to the National Curriculum for Computing at KS3. 

Computing at Norlington aims to enhance pupils’ enjoyment, resilience, understanding and attainment in computing.  Mastery in computing means acquiring a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject.  It is demonstrated by how skillfully a child can apply their learning in computing to new situations in unfamiliar contexts. 

Every child can enjoy and succeed in computing when offered appropriate learning opportunities.  At Norlington we offer a growth mind-set and problem-solving approach that enables pupils to develop resilience, persistence and confidence.  All children are encouraged to believe in their ability to master computing and are empowered to success through curiosity, tinkering, perseverance, and confidence. 

In year 7 & 8 pupils are taught in mixed ability sets and when they reach year 9 pupils are set alongside Maths using performance data and teachers' knowledge of individuals to ensure that every child can achieve to their potential. Pupils are taught through whole-class interactive teaching with pupils working together on the same lesson content at the same time.  Lessons are sequenced so that concepts are developed in logical steps with particular attention given to fundamental concepts. This ensures that all children can master concepts before moving on to the next stage, with no pupil left behind. 

The computer science department is proud of the success of their students.  Computer Science has a history of success and results operate above the national average.  The vast majority of A-Level students who take Computer science also move on to take it at university level. 

Staff: 

Mr. L Farrance (Head of Department)  

Mr. J. Thomas (2i/c - Responsible for CTECH IT) 

Mr. K Tonge (KS3) 

Mr. J Matthews (KS3)