The Computing Department at Richmond Park Academy has the responsibility of ensuring that all students gain essential skills in how computers work and are programmed as well as how computer software can be used effectively. All students in Years 7 to 9 have discrete computing lessons. Years 10 and 11 students are able to take a GCSE qualification in Computing. Students are encouraged to use their IT skills in other subject areas. All curriculum areas use IT to enhance teaching and learning within their own curriculum area, for all year groups.
At KS3 the Computing department will create independent thinkers, who are able to make and justify safe choices. All students have one lesson per week. They follow the new National Curriculum for Computing. Computing is taught in a practical and engaging way.
Students learn how data is represented inside a computer, how a computer carries out instructions and how to write simple programs. They are also taught how to use software effectively to model situations, collect and analyse data, and present digital information to fit the requirements of audience and purpose.
Students are taught the following units:
In Year 9 students will follow the OCR Entry Level Certificate in Computer Science.
Our current Year 11 cohort follow the OCR specification:
For a more detailed breakdown go to our GCSE Computing page.
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