Computer Science

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-8)

The increasing use of technology in all aspects of society makes confident, creative and productive use of computational thinking an essential skill for life. This is why the teaching and learning of Computer Science is vital at Forest Gate Community School.

Teaching and learning

Pupils are required to learn and understand the concepts below in order to deepen and broaden their knowledge, skills and understanding.


  • Using a range of ICT tools in a purposeful way to tackle questions, solve problems and create ideas and solutions of value.
  • Exploring and using new tools as they become available.
  • Applying ICT learning in a range of contexts and in other areas of learning, work and life.

Communication and collaboration

  • Exploring the ways that ICT can be used to communicate, collaborate and share ideas on a global scale, allowing people to work together in new ways and changing the way in which knowledge is created.

Exploring ideas and manipulating information

  • Solving problems creatively by using ICT to explore ideas and try alternatives.
  • Using ICT to model different scenarios, identifying patterns and testing hypotheses.
  • Manipulating information and processing large quantities of data efficiently.


Students are assessed using assessment sheets, formal and summative assessment on their understanding and knowledge of the topic. We use the national curriculum levels 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8. This encourages students to aim high and achieve to their potential.

Study program

Students will learn numerous topics in order to enhance and develop their ICT knowledge. These are some of the topics students will learn:

  • Fundamentals of Computing, Databases, Networking, HTML, Scratch, Python, Desktop Publishing, Adobe Software (Dreamweaver, Fireworks). 

Key Stage 4 (Years 9-11)

OCR GCSE Computer Science

This consists of the following 3 units which make up GCSE Computing.

Unit 01: Computer systems and programming

This unit covers the body of knowledge about computer systems on which the examination will be based. The written paper is 1 hour 30 minutes long and accounts for 40% of the final mark.

Unit 02: Computational thinking, algorithms and programming

This unit covers the investigative task, chosen from a list provided by OCR. This controlled assessment is weighted at 40%. This unit covers the following: research, technical understanding and investigative task.

Unit 03: Programming project

In this unit students are required to understand programming techniques. They will be able to design a coded solution to a problem, design input output formats and produce a fully annotated solution. This Controlled assessment is weighted at 20%.

Other Qualifications

We also provide skills for life with a built in European Computer Driving Licence qualification (ECDL) as a core subject available to all at KS4.


The Computer Science department run morning, lunchtime and after school Computer Science sessions for all years. This enables students to access computers in their own time, allowing them the opportunity to catch up on work or complete homework. Students are supported by TAs and Computer Science teachers who are always on hand to give to support and guide students.

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