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Computer Science and ICT

Welcome to the Dartford Grammar School Computing and IT web pages. At DGS a computing curriculum is offered to students in all key stages. Please browse the information by key stage in the links opposite to see the variety of topics and subject coverage.

The Importance of Computing and IT

Computing is not just good for the economy, it is fun and it gives young people huge opportunities in life. For example, visual programming languages made specifically for creating games allows children to design games in an accessible manner. Computer education enhances technological progress, which is a major determinant of the future of the economy, and can be an asset in improving students' overall learning ability.

Improves Research

Computer education improves students’ research skills by encouraging them to look for information on the Internet. It enables them to research various topics by seeking relevant books that could be digitally available online. The Internet also contains search options, which expose students to diverse ways of obtaining information. Thanks to the speedy nature of the Internet, students can research their desired topics within minutes.

Influence Career Aspirations

Incorporating computer education in schools can inspire students to undertake careers in technology and enhance their understanding of how computer technology impacts people’s daily lives. The knowledge acquired in elementary and high school may increase their interest in computer-related fields during their college education. Furthermore, computer education provides students with a grounding in computer-related software and activities, such as using office productivity tools, programming languages and creating data sheets. Students can apply these skills to a range of occupations later in life.

Enhanced Creativity

Computer classes allow students to put their creativity to use. For example, students may use their own creative design flair and talent to build a virtual tablet. Students can transfer their enhanced creativity to other activities in their lives, including memorising scientific facts, historical information or mathematical formulas. Computer education also reduces the time needed to efficiently learn new material.

Improved Performance

Computer education may influence student performance by enabling them to become more involved with their school work. Computers can potentially enhance student’s mathematical thinking, and improve scores in problem solving and critical thinking tasks. Computer education also plays a major factor in students’ ability to score highly on their standardized assessment tests. Exposing 3- and 4-year-old children to computer education and supporting activities produces developmental gains such as abstraction, intelligence, nonverbal skills and long-term memory.  

Key Documents

KS3 Computing and IT

KS4 Computing GCSE

KS4 Digital Applications GCSE

KS5 Computer Science