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Computing

According to Douglas Engelbart (early computer pioneer) ‘the digital revolution is far more significant than the invention of writing or even printing.’ Within our ever-changing world, one whereby on the day of release, technology is instantly outdated, we want to create and empower our next generation of computer scientists and programmers with the springboard for future inventing and success whilst also ensuring computing and technological literacy, competency and safety to all students. We strive to create a high-quality computing curriculum which equips students to use computational thinking and to understand and change the world. Our curriculum is intertwined with key skills within mathematics, science and design technology and offers an exciting blend of scientific/mathematical thinking and creativity.

Throughout our curriculum we equip students with the knowledge to dissect how digital systems work – including programming – so that students themselves can create programs and systems. Our aim is to ensure our students can safely use digital platforms and express themselves digitally to ensure they remain confident and assured within future platforms and workplaces, with the transferable knowledge and skills to continue to keep up with computational advances throughout their lifetimes.

At Westhoughton, our computing curriculum is constantly developing to encompass new technologies alongside important elements of Digital Literacy. The curriculum will provide new challenges and opportunities that will excite and empower both our students and teachers, which will ultimately allow creativity, inventiveness and imagination to be nurtured. At Westhoughton, we want to create responsible, competent, confident and creative users of digital information who can evaluate and apply new or unfamiliar technologies through the base knowledge we shaped and created. Empowering our learners with this knowledge not only takes our local community forward into the next century, but allows for global opportunities for our learners within this universal language.

Please see parental overview of the courses in KS3 and KS4 in the links below, or year group information on the specific buttons.

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 4

Links for support/help at home

  • Use of student resources located within WHS SharePoint for students
  • Complete Digital Safety and Digital Literacy courses for free online to ensure students understand E-Safety
  • Use of additional homework booklets, therapy work packs and/or additional resources from the class teacher via Synergy
  • Participation in enrichment opportunities and/or extra-curricular activities
  • Teacher discussions following assessments and/or reports
  • Facilities at home to use and practice programs on (after school clubs available to enable this)
  • Youtube tutorials and guidance on using programs covered within our schemes of learning
  • Researching key figures in the progression of computers to act as role models
  • Accessing STEM resources (www.stem.org.uk) for free learning at home for secondary computing and progression
  • Careers research: researching careers within Computing or STEM
  • Attending fairs, workshops or IT events
  • Use of online platforms such as Seneca