St. Columba's Catholic Boys' School

Computer Science

Purpose of study

A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and 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 equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that 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.


The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:

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


• Each lesson, pupils are introduced to specific keywords to accelerate their theoretical and practical understanding.
• Pupils are encouraged to articulate their responses to questions with precision and the use of newly acquired keywords.
• Pupils are required to communicate in pairs to research specific tasks and feedback their findings to their peers.
• SPAG misconceptions are addressed in all lessons.
• KS4 specific – Pupils use modelled answers and mark scheme guidance to answer the Paper
1 extended writing question (8 marks)


Link to Curriculum Booklets