Computing is a core subject at Castle High School, studied by all students in all year groups. We have three dedicated suites for Computing Studies as well as three other computer suites which are used across the curriculum.
Key Stage 3 Computing
Our lower school curriculum is made up of twelve units of work that are completed in Years 7 and 8. Our units of work have been written and developed by our department teachers and are specifically designed to meet the needs of our students. The units are engaging and progressively introduce students to a wide selection of computing disciplines, including a range of programming languages. The units are:
o Unit 7a - Introduction to Computing
o Unit 7b - Scratch Programming
o Unit 7c - Data Handling
o Unit 7d - Animation
o Unit 7e - E-Safety
o Unit 7f - App Shed
o Unit 8a - HTML and Web Design
o Unit 8b - Hardware and Software
o Unit 8c - Spreadsheets
o Unit 8d - Games Programming
o Unit 8e - Multimedia
o Unit 8f - Python Art
Key Stage 4 Core Computing
In Years 9, 10 and 11, students have two Computing lessons per week. This leads to a qualification that is the equivalent of one GCSE. The qualification students complete prepares them for a world of work in which the competent use of a computer and basic software packages is now essential.
GCSE Computer Science
Our department keeps up-to-date with the latest in educational reforms and, in response to recent changes, have introduced OCR GCSE Computer Science as an option subject. Students can choose to study Computer Science from Year 9, having three additional Computing lessons per week. Students who study Computer Science will learn various programming languages including Python.
Extra Curricular Activities
There are many opportunities for students to visit the department outside of lesson time. Mr. Palmer leads regular catch-up sessions for GCSE students throughout the year, including a weekly after school session. Ms. Tame's suite is open every lunchtime for students to use the computers and is popular with students to complete homework activities (though not exclusively for this purpose). Mr. Chapman's new Coding Club launches in October for Gifted and Talented students or those who have a keen interest in programming and coding.