Subject Overview

To be productive members of modern society all young people need to be digitally literate and have an understanding of how computers can be used as part of their everyday lives and in the world of work. Computational thinking is important for developing a student’s ability to solve problems and to think logically. Computer Science is an integral part of our lives, shaping virtually everything from the objects around us to the ways in which we communicate, travel, work, and play. Computer scientists invent the future and this subject is the gateway into the world of technology.

Students will leave the Warren with an in-depth understanding of how computers work; knowledge of current trends which will continue to develop as they enter the world of work and with the ability to write computer code to at least a basic level in at least one high-level programming language.

The department consists of four specialist Computer Science teachers. We have four dedicated computing suites containing over 100 PCs in total. The department offers a student-dedicated website to share its resources enabling students to work independently and at their own pace both in school and at home via the Internet.

Extra-curricular opportunities/Homework expectations

Students are expected to complete at least an hour of homework every week. This could be in the form of a project based task or teacher set task. Students are encouraged to attend the various course work catch up clubs and revision classes weekly.

Links and how to support your child at home

Students are encouraged to work independently by using the following websites:

  • http://www.codecademy.com
  • http://www.cambridgegcsecomputing.org
  • http://www.teach-ict.com
  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/ict

Students are also encouraged to keep up to date by reading the BBC News Technology website and watch the Gadget Show.