Our broad and balance Computing Curriculum equips pupils with the skills and knowledge required to make effective and safe use of not only existing technology but also be able to transfer and develop existing skills to the technology of the future. Computing helps prepare pupils for a world dominated by electronic gadgetry and instant communication.  The pace of change is quickening and those people who cannot access these technologies will be increasingly marginalised in all aspects of modern society.

There are three aspects to Computing: Computer Science (CS), including algorithms and programming, Information Technology (IT), including using software to create digital content and collecting, organising and presenting data, and Digital Literacy (DL), including the safe use of digital technologies.

At Key stage 3, all pupils are given broad education that encourages creativity and equips them with the knowledge and skills to understand and change the world.

At key stage 4, pupils complete either OCR’s iMedia Level 1 Award (A minimum of two units are required to achieve GCSE equivalent qualification) or Edexcel’s Functional Skills, Entry level 1 to level 2 qualification (depending on their ability).

Throughout the year, pupils have the opportunity to review their learning in, identifying aspects they have learnt / can do (what went well) and their next step (even better if). 


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 7

Digital housekeeping   Baseline Test (IT, DL & CS)

Coding  – To coincide with the Hour of Code(CS)

Online safety  Coinciding with Safer Internet Day (DL)

Multimedia Plan, create & test animation (IT, DL & CS)

Spreadsheet Modelling Working with data (IT)

Programming & Review (CS)

Year 8

Interactive Multimedia presentation (IT & DL)

Coding  To coincide with the Hour of Code (CS)

Online safety To coincide with Safer Internet Day (DL)

Hardware/Computer Systems & BBC School report (IT)

Handling data Collect, present and analyse data (IT)

Programming & Review (CS)

Year 9

Apps for Good Students will identify everyday problems which could be solved by a mobile app.   (IT, DL & CS)

Computational Thinking To coincide with the Hour of Code (CS)

Online safety Coinciding with Safer Internet Day (DL)

Introduction Edexcel ICT – Functional Skills (EL1 – L2) Using ICT (IT & DL)   

Edexcel ICT Functional Skills (EL1 – L2) Finding and selecting information:  (IT & DL)  

Edexcel ICT – Functional Skills (EL1 – L2) Developing, presenting and communicating information: (IT & DL) Summary of Year 9 & Brief introduction to KS4 courses

Year 10

Introduction to OCR iMedia course

iMedia &   Functional skills   Coding

Online safety To coincide with safer internet

Graphics Unit: R082: Introduction   Functional skills

iMedia Coursework & Functional skills

IMedia Coursework & Functional skills

Year 11

Final coursework & Exam Preparation

Exam Preparation   Coding

Exam Preparation & Revision

Online safety Exam Preparation

Exam Preparation & Revision


Glenwood School


As a subject, Computing is one of the most fundamentally cross curricular subject Computer science incorporates techniques and methods for solving problems and advancing knowledge, and includes a distinct way of thinking and working that sets it apart from other disciplines. The role of programming in computer science is similar to that of practical work in other sciences – it provides motivation and a context within which ideas are brought to life.

Communication and Advocacy   Pupils will be confident digital citizens who will have the knowledge, skills and understanding on how to use technology securely, creatively and effectively.  
Independence and Preparing for Adulthood   Pupils will be encouraged to access Computing content independently of their level, this will promote high expectations and engagement and will also result in preparing them for the wider world.  
Physical, Social and Emotional Good Health   Pupils will also understand how technology has changed the way people interact with their daily lives. social issues that can affect users of ICT, including the use and abuse of personal and private data. They will also Understand the main aspects of legislation in place example copyright and data protection act.  

Glenwood School – Values in our Curriculum

Computing Department







Where you will see it in my subject

– We will create a learning environment which will promote and respect, diversity and self-awareness.
– We will respect the equipment and treat every device with care.