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Computing

SUBJECT:

Computing

 

 

Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Principles.

With a strong emphasis on programming skills and a wide range of practical IT skills across KS3, the Computing department emboldens students to interact, understand and master the infrastructure dominating the modern market.

 

Students will access specialist hardware in the form of programmable Micro:bits in Year 7 and use Python, a standard language used by developers in the Computing industry  as early as Year 8 within Computer Science.  IT lessons will provide vital knowledge of how to utilise existing key software and understand the laws governing the digital world.

 

Those who continue with us at KS4 access one of two bespoke courses, both providing access to career pathways within industry with incredible prospects in Post-16 education while developing their critical thinking, problem solving and analytical skills.

 

YEAR GROUP

SCHEME or QUALIFICATIONS

AUTUMN

TOPICS

SPRING

TOPICS

SUMMER

TOPICS

ASSESSMENT

 

7

 

Computer Hardware and Software (CS)

Flowcharts (CS)

 

Using Computers, safely, effectively and responsibly (CS)

 

Internet Censorship (CS)

 

Micro:bits (CS)

End of topic written assessments

8

 

HTML (CS)

 

 

Digital Literacy (IT)

 

Computer Science Legends (CS)

 

Legislation (IT)

Intro to Python (CS)

 

 

Spreadsheets (IT)

End of topic written assessments

9

 

Networks (CS)

 

 

 

User interfaces (IT)

 

 

Python (CS)

 

 

 

Databases (IT)

Data Representation and Computational Thinking (CS)

 

Spreadsheets (IT)

 

End of topic written assessments

10

GCSE Computer Science

 

 

 

BTEC IT

 

System Architecture

 

 

 

 

 

Investigating user interface

design for individuals and organisations

Wired and Wired Technology

 

 

 

 

Using project planning techniques

to plan and design a user interface

Systems Software and Security

 

Ethical and Legal concerns

 

Developing and reviewing a user interface

Topic testing and whole school mocks

 

 

 

 

Internal assessments

11

GCSE Computer Science

 

 

BTEC IT

 

Algorithms and Programming

 

 

 

Investigate the role and impact of using data on individuals and organisations

Logic and Languages

 

 

 

 

Creating a dashboard using data manipulation tools

Data Representation

 

 

 

 

Drawing conclusions and review presentation methods

Topic testing and whole school mocks

 

 

 

Internal and external assessments