Computing at Buckler’s Mead aims to provide pupils with the skills required to become autonomous users of computing technology in an ever changing world. During their time at the Academy, pupils are introduced to a wide range of hardware and software packages and are taught the basic concepts of programming. The Computing department works hard with pupils to ensure they make good progress and that they are ready for the challenges of the 21st century workplace.
Key Stage 3 – Students study a range of individual units that is designed to give them the skills, knowledge and understanding to be successful at Key Stage 4 not just in Computing but across a range of different subjects.
Image and Photo Editing
Pivot Stick Animation
Desktop Publishing Software
Input and Output Devices
Programming in Scratch
Stop Frame Animation
In Key Stage 4 for students opt to take Computer Science at GCSE. This course is split into three units, 2 examinations each worth 40% of the qualification grade and a NEA worth 20% of the qualification. The year 9 curriculum allows students to develop the vital knowledge and understanding which will allow them to transistion into the GCSE course with greater success.
Hardware and Software
Learn to Program in Python
Organisation and Structure of Data
Principles of Programming
Security and Data Management
Ethical, Legal and Environmental impacts on digital technology on wider society
Algorithms and programming constructs
Data structures and Data types
Security and authentication