Miss J Li-Sue BA (Hons), Dip NFTS
Key Stage 3 ICT & Computing Co-ordinator
Miss C Beale BSc (Hons), MA
Key Stage 4 Computer Science Co-ordinator
The teaching of Computer Science and IT at Colfe’s aims to endow you with a wide range of skills, which are highly sought after in all types of industry. Computing has deep links with Mathematics, each of the sciences and Design & Technology providing insights into both natural and artificial systems. Studying Computer Science allows you to learn the principles of information and computational thinking, understand how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through a range of programming languages.
Elements of computational thinking, logic and problem solving are taught in Years 7 and 8, both at a theoretical level and more practical with Micro:bits and Makeblock robotics. Coding in a more graphical format is also covered at this point. All pupils in Years 7 and 8 have one lesson of Computer Science per week and those in Year 9 have two per week.
Those who study Computer Science will understand computer systems and develop skills in a range of applications. 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.
These skills lead to the opportunity to take GCSE Computer Science, which develops greater programming skills as well as delving deeper into every aspect of computers into today’s society.
We have two dedicated computer suites with additional ICT facilities for students to use throughout the school, including the library, Sixth Form common room and creative ICT suites in the Arts block.
Should your child have a particular area of interest that would take them beyond the confines of the syllabus, every assistance will be provided to support such enthusiasm. This extends to the purchase of items of hardware and software necessary to pursue such an investigation.
Pupils will also have the opportunity to a visit The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park, as well as attend talks from visiting experts about particular aspects of the subject. The department facilitates co-curricular activities including a Computer Science Club and holiday-time task orientated course with robots.
Colfe’s is an ambassador school for CodeCombat in the UK.