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Computing (Key Stage 3)

 

We currently teach Computer Science 3 times over a fortnight. This gives us an opportunity to have a comprehensive curriculum that includes a range of content that accurately links to the DfE guidance on Key Stage 3 content.

Each unit comprises of 8 lessons. This includes an end of unit test. The test is used with teacher assessment to level students accordingly.

Year 7

What will pupils study this year?

 

 

 

 Autumn Term

 Introduction to School Systems & E-Safety

File Management | File Naming Convention |Folder structures |Sending & Receiving Email | Email Scams | Computer Misuse | Viruses | Phishing | Staying safe online | Dangers of Chatroom

 Spreadsheets

 Introduction to Spreadsheet Models | Using and Adapting Spreadsheet Models | Planning and Creating a Spreadsheet Model | Applying "What If" Scenarios | Formatting and Validation within a Spreadsheet | Presenting Data within Graphs and Charts

 Spring Term

 Introduction to Scratch

 Creating Sequencing Instructions | Using a Sequences of Instructions | Creating and using Loops | Changing Variables | Creating a Game

 Multimedia

 Identifying Audience and Purpose for a Product | Planning for a Multimedia Presentation | Searching for Relevant Information for thee Multimedia Product | Creating the Multimedia Product | Enhancing the Multimedia Product - adding Sound and Video | Testing the Multimedia Product | Gathering Feedback and Improving the Multimedia

 Summer Term

 Understanding Computer Systems

 Input | Output | Processing | Hardware and Software | Memory | CPU | Networks | WAN and LAN | Internet | Internet and Data Packets | Connectivity | Topologies | Servers | Encryption | Privacy and Security Debate | Storage Devices

 Graphics

 Graphic Types | Representing Graphics | Reviewing Graphics | Sourcing Materials & Royalty Free | Planning and Creating Graphics 

 

Year 8

What will pupils study this year?

 

 

 

 Autumn Term

 Spreadsheets Modelling

Using and Adapting Spreadsheet Models | Planning and Creating a Spreadsheet Model | Applying "What If" Scenarios | Formatting and Validation within a Spreadsheet | Presenting Data within Graphs and Charts |Using built in functions like VLOOKUP |Data validation |Conditional formatting | Model which can be manipulated.

 App For Good

Research popular Apps| Create Technical Prototypes| Plan & Design Apps| Select Layouts| Purpose & Audience |User interface |Accessibility

 Spring Term

 ICT in a Business Environment

 Students will learn about ICT in business| Marketing | Creating Advertising campaigns | Designing Packaging using editing software| Primary & Secondary research.

 Introduction to Python

Algorithms | Programming Languages | Debugging | Variables and Data Strings| Addition and Logic Errors | Loops| Using Turtle module| Programming the turtle to create various shape| Using code to exit mazes|

 Summer Term

 Control systems with Flowol

 Students will study an introductory unit to the practical side of Computers. This will cover computer systems and their components, their software, digital storage and input / output devices.

 Databases

Students will study an introductory unit to the practical side of a database. Advantages and disadvantages of database| Database creation| Creating Queries and Forms| Producing reports