Computer Science Key Stage 5
We want all students to leave Computer Science with an understanding of how Computer Science can contribute to everyday lives. How it can be used to solve problems creatively and that students can take the problem-solving techniques of computational thinking to help them in all areas of their lives.
Sequencing, Setting and Support
In KS5 we deliver the specification for both papers in parallel so that students get the programming and computational skills as well as the theory.
All groups at all key stages are mixed ability. We use the information provided by learning support to inform how we teach. If there are LSA’s supporting students in the classroom we will use their expertise with individual students to help with the delivery. We adapt the topics and curriculum if required.
We support our SEND students by using the pupil passports and use the expertise of the learning support team to help us adapt resources and learning accordingly for students needs.
Alive Themes in Computer Science
Assessment in Computer Science
Homework and how Parents/Carers Support Learning
All homework is set on Edulink which is an app and website available to students and parents/carers. Further information and a video about how to find homework on Edulink is available on our Homework page.
These are the principles which underpin our homework.
At Key Stage 4 the main homework will be part of the ‘flipped learning’ model where it falls into the Read and research category. These videos are all part of the Craig and Dave resources suite, that we have purchased to help with students progress.
Homework will be set on Edulink and then wherever possible we will set hand-ins in Teams so that we have a record of who has handed it in and when. Feedback and marks will then be issued through Teams, so staff and students will have a record of it.
Useful Computer Science Resources
Replit - an online IDE to write and test code, used throughout all key stages.
W3Schools - online tutorials to help students learn to code. Lots of different languages available.