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The Computing curriculum at Blackminster is designed to enable students to use computers to support and enhance their learning, develop their understanding of computing hardware and software, and consider the safe and responsible use of constantly developing new technologies and media. The curriculum is focussed to address the three main strands of computing; digital literacy, information technology and computer science.

Digital literacy is the ability to effectively, responsibly, safely and critically navigate, evaluate and create digital content using a range of digital technologies. Information technology is concerned with how computers and digital telecommunication equipment work, and how they may be applied to the storage, retrieval, transmission and manipulation of data. Computer science is the scientific and practical study of computation: what can be computed, how to compute it, and how computation can be applied to the solution of problems.

At the core of the programme is the development of ‘Computational Thinking’. This is to develop the students ability to analyse and apply logical patterns of thought so that they are able to recognise, rationalise and find solutions to problems.

In addition to specialist Computing lessons, students are given opportunities to develop and apply their computing capability through the use of computing technology to support their learning in all subjects. Individual subject teachers and subject leaders use their own judgement to decide where the use of computers is appropriate across the curriculum to develop research, independent learning and presentation skills. Students are given opportunities to support their work by being taught to:

• Find things out from a variety of sources, selecting and synthesising the information to meet their needs and developing an ability to question its accuracy, bias and plausibility
• Develop their ideas using computing tools to amend and refine their work and enhance its quality and accuracy
• Exchange and share information, both directly and through electronic media
• Review, modify and evaluate their work, reflecting critically on its quality as it progresses.