Computing was introduced at Coleridge in September 2022 in a brand new Computing Suite.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Students starting Year 7 at Coleridge from 2022 will receive the full National Curriculum covering:

  • Digital Literacy
  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology

The National Curriculum is covered in full, under the following units:

National Curriculum Area

Units of Study

Students should be taught how to design, use and evaluate computational abstractions that model the state and behaviour of real-world problems and physical systems

7.1 Computational Thinking


8.1 Flowol

Students should be taught to understand several key algorithms that reflect computational thinking [for example, ones for sorting and searching]; use logical reasoning to compare the utility of alternative algorithms for the same problem

9.1 Pseudocode (searching and sorting algorithms)

Students should be taught how to use two or more programming languages, at least one of which is textual, to solve a variety of computational problems; make appropriate use of data structures [for example, lists, tables or arrays]; design and develop modular programs that use procedures or functions

7.3 Kodu


8.4 Python Turtle


9.4 Python

Students should be taught to understand simple Boolean logic [for example, AND, OR and NOT] and some of its uses in circuits and programming; understand how numbers can be represented in binary, and be able to carry out simple operations on binary numbers [for example, binary addition, and conversion between binary and decimal]

7.2 Data Representation (Binary-Denary conversions)


8.2 Data Representation (Binary addition)


8.6 Boolean Logic

Students should be taught to understand the hardware and software components that make up computer systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems

7.4 Hardware and Software


8.6 Cryptography


9.5 Network Hardware

Students should be taught to understand how instructions are stored and executed within a computer system; understand how data of various types (including text, sounds and pictures) can be represented and manipulated digitally, in the form of binary digits

7.2 Data Representation (text)


8.2 Data Representation (images)


9.2 Data Representation (sound)

Students should be undertake creative projects that involve selecting, using, and combining multiple applications, preferably across a range of devices, to achieve challenging goals, including collecting and analysing data and meeting the needs of known users

8.3 Spreadsheet Basics


9.3 Event Planning


9.6 My Change Campaign (multiple applications)

Students should create, re-use, revise and re-purpose digital artefacts for a given audience, with attention to trustworthiness, design and usability

7.5 App Development


8.5 Website development

Students should be taught to understand a range of ways to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely, including protecting their online identity and privacy; recognise inappropriate content, contact and conduct and know how to report concerns.

7.0 Online Safety


7.6 The Internet (security threats)


8.0 Online Safety


9.0 Online Safety

Key Stage 4

Students are prepared within their Key Stage 3 studies for options in either:

  • OCR GCSE Computer Science
  • BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Digital IT

GCSE Computer Science focuses on how computers work and how to program them. It consists of three components:

  • Paper 1 – Computer Systems (exam)
  • Paper 2 – Computational thinking, algorithms and programming (exam)
  • Practical Programming Projects

BTEC Digital Information Technology focuses on how to make effective use of computers and to create digital products. It consists of three components:

  • Component 1: Exploring User Interface Design Principles and Project Planning Techniques (coursework).
  • Component 2: Collecting, Presenting and Interpreting Data (coursework).
  • Component 3: Effective Digital Working Practices (exam).

Extra-Curricular Clubs

CyberFirst Girls is a competition for students who identify as female from Year 8 upwards. We meet for the competition on Wednesday lunchtimes in Room 3. More information  is available on CyberFirst Girls Competition - NCSC.GOV.UK

Coding Club is held on Thursday lunchtimes in Room 3 and is open for all students.