Computers have completely transformed the way we work, study, communicate, socialise and spend our leisure time. As it becomes increasingly more important in our daily lives, we aim to provide our students with skills and experiences to help them to use technology confidently and creatively.
Information about the COMPUTER SCIENCE Department
Aims of the Computer Science Department
- To enable every student to reach their potential when using computer technology.
- To show how Computer Science relates to the outside world.
- To instil the confidence in our young people to have a go at problem solving using computer technology, no matter how challenging.
- To put Computer Science on the map.
- To encourage our young people to take Computer Science further in their academic life.
- Mr S Uddin - Subject Leader IT & Computer Science
To support the learning of Computer Science and digital literacy at Worthing High, we have a number of ICT suites in school, which are used by students of all ages. We also have mobile tablets supported by a new reliable wireless network.
The Computer Science department is one that can be accessed by all. Whilst a challenging subject, we believe a love of independent problem-solving is all you need to succeed: you should constantly question "why?" and "how?". We aim to promote a keen interest in the artificial intelligence around us. Anything can be achieved if you work hard, with enthusiasm and resilience.
Key Stage Three (Years 7-9)
Students currently study a variety of computer science and digital literacy topics such as:
- Using Computers Safely, Effectively & Responsibly – students learn basic knowledge to use computers safely, effectively and responsibly. For example, file management and security.
- eSafety – students learn about online safety issues such as grooming, digital footprint and sexting.
- HTML & Website Development - students learn the basics of HTML and CSS, and how to create a responsive design which adapts to any size of screen for viewing on, say, a mobile phone or a PC.
- App development – students learn how to build their own apps using a web-based app builder.
- Introduction to coding from Kodu – students learn the principles of programming constructs using Kodu which creates games via a simple visual programming language.
- Database development - students learn the basic theory, creation and use of a single-table database and a simple relational database involving two tables in a one-to-many relationship.
KS4 (Year 10 and 11)
There are three strands to the course:
1. Paper 1 – Computer Systems
2. Paper 2 – Computational Thinking and Algorithms
3. Controlled Assessment – Programming Project
More information from exam board OCR is provided here:
- At Key Stage 3, students complete termly tasks via www.samlearning.com
- At Key Stage 4, students independently learn GCSE topics using the https://courses.exa.foundation
Worthing High is part of Code Club UK, which is a nationwide network of volunteers and educators who run free coding clubs for young people aged 9-13. Students can learn to code using Scratch, Python, HTML and CSS.
Code Club is on every Tuesday in room D4: 3.15-4.15pm
Intervention – Period 6’s
Computer Science P6 intervention is held Tuesday after school in D4 3.15-4.15pm. All students are welcome and some students are specifically invited.
For Easter Revision Sessions, please see Exam Support and Timetables page - under Teaching & Learning.