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Key Stage 3

We cover a Computing course at Key Stage 3 with an aim to equip pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with maths, science as well as design technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are encouraged to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of different content. Computing also helps to provide a backbone of ICT ensuring that all pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.

By the end of Key Stage 3 all students should be able to:

  • Understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • Analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
  • Evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
  • Be responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology