Computer Science Department Curriculum Intent
All students at Sacred Heart should have the right to have rich, deep learning experiences that balance all the aspects of Computer Science.
With technology playing such a significant role in society today, we believe ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill students’ must be taught if they are to be able to participate effectively and safely in this digital world. A high-quality computing education equips students to use creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. At Sacred Heart, the core of computing is Computer Science in which students are introduced to a wide range of technology, including laptops, iPads and interactive whiteboards, allowing them to continually practice and improve the skills they learn. This ensures they become digitally literate so that they are able to express themselves and develop their ideas through information and computer technology– at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
We teach a curriculum that enables students to become effective users of technology who can:
- Understand and apply the essential principles and concepts of Computer Science, including logic, algorithms and data representation;
- Analyse problems in computational term, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems;
- Evaluate and apply information technology analytically to solve problems;
- Communicate ideas well by utilising appliances and devices throughout all areas of the curriculum.