Computer Science Curriculum

Intent

Year 7 COMPUTER SCIENCE (ICT)

What will I learn?

Half Term 1: Students will learn about Google drive, Google classroom, sending emails, sharing work, creating their own folders and organising their files.

Half Term 2: Students will learn about basic e-Safety, including safe use of social media, sexting, online grooming, phishing, fake news, malware, cyberbullying, How to report concerns.

Half term 3: Students will learn about the hardware and software components that make up computer systems and how they communicate with one another and with other systems.

Half Term 4: Introduction to Programming and language constructs using KODU (non-textual approach). Students will use a non-textual programming language to solve a variety of computational problems.

Half Term 5: Introduction to Coding, using a mark-up language to control a computer. How to develop basic HTML instructions to construct a webpage.

Half Term 6: Graphics, Photoshop, introduction to image manipulation. Students will undertake creative projects that involve selecting, using, and combining multiple applications to produce digital artefacts.

 

Year 8 COMPUTER SCIENCE (ICT)

What will I learn?

Half Term 1: Review logging in procedures, saving and editing files, further work on computer components. Students will learn about Google drive and Google classroom.

Half Term 2: Binary numbers- students will learn how numbers can be represented in binary and be able to carry out simple operations on binary numbers. They will learn about bits and bytes and conversion between decimal and denary. Students will learn Binary representation of images and audio and understand how data of various types can be represented and manipulated digitally.

Half term 3: Algorithms and Flowcharts, Iteration, sequencing, decomposition, abstraction, and computational thinking. Students will learn simple Boolean logic and how they are used to make decisions, they will also learn how to create logic gates.

Half Term 4: Introduction to Python, Using a developmental learning environment, understanding variables and expressions, creating and developing computer programs. Students will learn about the different programming languages and how they can be used to solve computational problems.

Half Term 5: i-Media/DIT Project Graphics, 2D “Photoshop” modelling project to introduce students to DIT/i-Media, graphics manipulation. Students will undertake creative projects that involve using multiple applications to collect data and meet the needs of the users.

Half Term 6: Computer Science/ICT Project: Understanding computer components. Understand how instructions are stored and executed within a computer system. Using spreadsheets to analyse data.

 

Year 9 COMPUTER SCIENCE (ICT)

What will I learn?

Half Term 1: Review logging in procedures, Google drive and classroom, sending emails, sharing work, creating their own folders and organising their files.

Half term 2: Algorithms and Flowcharts, Iteration, sequencing, decomposition, abstraction, and computational thinking.

Half Term 3: Cyber security, Why my data is important to myself and others, how it is vulnerable to theft or damage, how to protect my data and keep it safe.

Half Term 4: Introduction to Spreadsheets, navigation, formatting, basic formulas and functions, more advanced functions.

Half Term 5: i-Media/DIT Project Graphics, 2D “Photoshop” modelling project to introduce students to DIT/i-Media, graphics manipulation.

Half Term 6: i-Media website project to introduce students to multipage website design. Website and webpage creation using Adobe Dreamweaver. Students will get the opportunity to design their own website based on certain criteria.

 

Years 10, 11

QUALIFICATION: Computer science (8520)
AWARDING BODY: AQA

NB: STUDENTS ARE ADVISED THAT THEY SHOULD BE ON TRACK TO ACHIEVE GRADE 7 IN MATHS IN ORDER TO TAKE COMPUTER SCIENCE.

What will I learn?
Computer Science will help you to develop critical thinking, analysis and problem solving skills. You will gain an in-depth understanding of how the computer works and what you can make it do, exploring networks and system development. You will learn how to write efficient code and build working systems.

How will I learn?
You will participate in a variety of learning approaches including problem solving, hands-on computer access and responding to individual assessment feedback. You will also learn through whole class discussion, paired work and individual practice.

How will I be assessed?
There will be two exam papers, weighted at 40% each, both lasting 1 hour 30 minutes. There is also a non-exam assessment, which forms 20% of the GCSE which is completed over 20 hours within lessons.

Possible Careers/Future Pathways:
Computer Science can lead to any number of careers including graphic design, website design, games developer and software engineering. The problem solving and computational thinking developed throughout this course provides you with skills that are sought after by any number of professions.