Computing & ICT

The Purbeck School Computing Curriculum 

The Purbeck School delivers the aims of the National Curriculum and Computing at School (CAS) computing curriculum, which is endorsed by both Microsoft, Google and BCS for KS3 and KS4: 


Rationale and Ambition for the Purbeck School Computing Curriculum: 

“Computer Science and Information Technology are complementary subjects.  Computer science teaches a pupil how to be an effective author of computational tools (i.e. software), while IT teaches how to be a thoughtful user of those tools.” 

Computer Science: A Curriculum for Schools 

  • The Purbeck School Computing curriculum is taught to KS3, to enable students to gain a better understanding of the subject content, should they choose opt to learn the subject at GCSE.   
  • The Purbeck School Computing curriculum at KS3 introduces computing concepts and disciplines at an earlier stage, thus making the transition from KS3 to KS4 easier for the students. 


Whole school use of Microsoft Teams to ensure our students stay connected and keep learning.

“The number of daily active users of Microsoft Teams have more than doubled in recent months, increasing from 32 million users in March 12. 2019 to 75 million as of April 30. 2020. Due to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and the growing practices of social distancing and working from home, Microsoft has seen dramatic increases in the daily use of their communication and collaboration platform within a short period of time. Microsoft Teams is part of Microsoft 365, a set of collaboration apps and services launched in July 2017.”

Liu, S. (2020). Microsoft Teams: number of daily active users 2019 and 2020
[online] Available at: [Accessed 29th Sept 2020].

We recognise the importance of staying connected to our students, and ensuring that learning continues to take place in these uncertain times.  As a result, all lessons delivered in ICT and Computing will be done using Microsoft Teams.  This is to ensure that students are well practiced in using Teams to access assignments, lesson plans, resources, and to record their work as required in documents that may need to be uploaded or in using Class Notebook.  This will also help cross curricular, as other subjects will also stay connected via Teams.

We believe that this is a valuable life skill, which students will have the ability to continue to use in their future employment.



The Purbeck School Computing Curriculum aims to teach disciplines with long term value, rather than with short-term usefulness, although being able to use computers, is obviously useful.  The disciplines we aim to teach:- 

  • A body of knowledge, including widely-applicable ideas and concepts, and a theoretical framework into which ideas and concepts fit. 
  • A set of techniques and methods that may be applied in the solution of problems, and in the advancement of knowledge. 
  • A way of thinking and working that provides a perspective of the world that is distinct from other disciplines. 
  • Longevity: a discipline does not “date” quickly, although the subject advances. 
  • Independence from specific technologies, especially those that have a short shelf life. 

The Computing Curriculum is centred on the development of the above concepts from year seven through to year eleven. Progression within these concepts can only be achieved through the development of secure knowledge and understanding; once students are fluent in knowledge, such as the knowledge of computational thinking or programming concepts, they can then apply this knowledge as skills. It is, therefore, through the development of knowledge that that students become more confident and demonstrate higher levels of understanding in the discipline of Computing. The core knowledge that supports progression in these concepts is planned in lessons and supported through knowledge organiser home learning tasks for KS3, and at KS4, students are taught through a ‘Flipped Learning’ approach, where they come to the lesson prepared, and are then able to explore the content further. 


Curriculum Overview 


Long Term Overview


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