Computing

Curriculum Overview – Year 7

In Year 7 students study Digital Literacy. The aim is to arm the students with digital skills, knowledge and understanding that will support them inside and outside the classroom for future years. The subject is part of the thematic TRIOS approach to learning. Students learn digital literacy skills through the themes of Roots, Great Britain and the Environment.

Through these themes students learn skills such as using email and focus on the use of cloud based service applications that will support their studies, specifically the use of Google Drive for cloud storage and Google Docs; Forms; Sheets; and Slides for word processing; data gathering; data analysis; and presentation. They also learn how to use Google Classroom for accessing materials and assignments. They experience video editing as well as web building in this curriculum.

Curriculum Overview – Year 8

In Year 8 students start to focus on Computing. This means looking at two programming languages (Scratch and Python). They have the opportunity to take problems, decompose them and build solutions for them. They also gain some knowledge and understanding of how computers work under the hood, including how data is represented using the binary system. Other units within Year 8 address some real world issues in terms of being safe with our devices and how computers communicate in networks.

Curriculum Overview – Year 9

The Year 9 curriculum sees the introduction of the Computer GCSE option for those students who have chosen to study the qualification. In Year 9 the focus begins with looking at algorithms and computational thinking. This allows students to practise problem solving skills, which they then put into practice by developing their Python programming abilities. This year, in the curriculum, the students will also look in more detail at how data is represented in a computer as text, images and sound. They will look at how logic gates are used within the systems, as well as learning about the machine hardware in greater detail than previously studied. By the end of the year they will have also enhanced their knowledge of wired and wireless networking.

Curriculum Overview – Year 10

In year 10 the GCSE course continues with the students studying ethical, legal, cultural and environmental issues that surround the use of technology. They discuss these with reference to their effect on a variety of stakeholders. They will also look at system security threats and ways to prevent them, as well as learn about operating system and utility software. Students will revisit their programming skills regularly in order to prepare them for a longer programming project they will face in Year 11. As part of the Year 10 course students will also spend time revisiting work they have previously learned in order to consolidate and secure their understanding of the GCSE Computer Science content.

Curriculum Overview – Year 11

The focus for the Year 11 GCSE Computer Science course is to ensure students are as prepared as they possibly can be for their terminal summer examinations, as well as completing the required Programming Project. The Programming Project poses a problem for which students have to design, implement, test and evaluate a working solution, putting their practical computational thinking and programming abilities into a challenging context. This 20 hour project serves as good preparation for the paper 2 component of their final exam. The rest of the focus for Year 11 is revisiting the content they have covered over the previous two years to put them in a strong position to be successful in their final GCSE. Students will practise answering questions, try different revision techniques and consolidate content so as to be able to walk confidently into the exams.

Curriculum Leader of Computing

Mr P Clark – pclark@sbch.org.uk