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COMPUTER SCIENCE

SUBJECT OVERVIEW

“Computer science inverts the normal. In normal science, you're given a world, and your job is to find out the rules. In computer science, you give the computer the rules, and it creates the world.”

Alan Kay – Computer Scientist

 

Our high-quality computing curriculum provides pupils with the computational thinking skills and creativity to both change and understand the world. The curriculum has deep links with many other subjects in school such as Mathematics, Science, English, Music, Media, P.E and D&T. Pupils are taught the principles of information and data, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through their other subjects, as well as becoming logical thinkers outside of school. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate; they can express and develop their ideas through ICT at a level suitable for the future workplace. The knowledge gained by students in our Computing curriculum will prepare them for using technology in all aspects of their daily life.

The department aims to promote Computing across the school by supporting the staff and students via an initiative started in 2019, Digital Leaders. There are 27 Digital Leaders that help promote e-safety and keep student’s personal information private online. Other roles include trainers that support with use of technology in the classroom and journalists that document and publish the use of technology via the department Twitter account @HEHSComputing. To promote the subject to a wider and more diverse audience, we also take part in two government-run challenges which endorse CyberSecurity; CyberDiscovery which is open to all students from year 7 to year 13 and CyberFirst, which is a challenge run by the government to encourage girls in year 8 to take up Computer Science at GCSE level. 

Please click below for the full Curriculum Maps and other useful information.

Computer Science Curriculum Narrative and Map

For full details of the structure and content, please refer to the Computer Science Curriculum Narrative and Map.

Staff Contacts

Staff Name

Role

Email

Ms S Begum Computer Science Lead SBegum@hatchend.harrow.sch.uk
Miss N Sharma Head of BTEC ICT sharma@hatchend.harrow.sch.uk

Enrichment

Students will have access to a Computing club in which they will learn programming, they will also have access to a Cyber Security club; which is becoming more of a desirable skill set for employers in the Computer Science field, for more information students should see Mr Jagatia in Room M2. Students will be offered trips to Computing Masterclass Workshops, skill development workshops and trips relating to the subject.

 

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