Computing

Key Stage 3

Technology is all around us and children are growing up in a world where it becomes an integral part of their lives from a very young age. A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.

In Year 8 we focus on how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming and mastering computer software.

In Year 9 we build on the Y8 course, inspiring creativity through new media software and further developing coding skills as a foundation for those opting for the GCSE.

Students in Year 8 and Year 9 have one period a week of computing. There is a strong emphasis on developing programming skills in response to the reforms to the education curriculum from September 2014 that focuses on technology-related skills.

At Key Stage 3 students cover three distinct strands within computing, each of which is complementary to the others.  Each component is essential in preparing students to thrive in an increasingly digital world.

  • Computer scienceis the scientific and practical study of computation: what can be computed, how to compute it, and how computation may be applied to the solution of problems.
  • Information technologyis concerned with how computers and telecommunications equipment work, and how they may be applied to the storage, retrieval, transmission and manipulation of data.
  • Digital literacyis the ability to effectively, responsibly, safely and critically navigate, evaluate and create digital artefacts using a range of digital technologies.
Year 7

Although computing is not taught as a discrete subject in year 7 there are opportunities in other subjects for pupils to develop their skill in this area of the curriculum.

Subject Computing opportunity
Music Programme Music: Composing using DAW during Term 5 and 6. Descriptive music based on a stimulus.
Geography Year 7 map skills: There may be an opportunity for students to use OS maps online such as that provided by the Ordnance survey and to test their map skills.
Year 7 Weather and climate unit: Opportunities for students to create graphs using excel. This is from microclimate data (temperature, wind and rainfall).  Opportunities to use the metoffice website for GIS (overlaying weather data) onto a map.
Geography  Year 7 River unit. (Potential to use ArcGIS software for GIS activity)
Design & Technology DT related CAD/ CAM software
Use of various Microsoft office packages to create work related to unit work
English Plastics unit: research
King of Shadows/Shakespeare Unit: research
 AR Star Reading Tests
Languages Introductory session to K5 early on in September!
Typing accents, , logging on and accessing different language learning websites and setting up personal accounts (e.g. Quizlet / linguascope )
Using audio, including how to adjust volume controls on pcs
Typing in a foreign language.
Creating word documents and PPTs, with images including.  Embedding pictures and text alignment.
Inserting images from search engine into Word document / PPT etc
Use of Input Method Editor (IME) to convert characters into Japanese and Chinese.
Accessing the W drive
Using publisher to make Easter / Christmas cards
Using an online dictionary
Using email
Development of skills using internet to conduct guided research into cultural aspects of target countries
Develop skills in assessing different language-learning websites and how to use them effectively
Art and Design How to research artists, designers and photographers using the internet for classwork and homework
How to format secondary sources (images) from the internet for AO1 Artist analysis and for AO3 mood boards, including;
·         Copy and paste
·         Resize
·         Alignment
·         Edit contrast/brightness
How to use some basics in PhotoShop
(For a specific challenge/higher ability pupils)
How to print A4 and A3 documents correctly using the nearest printer
History Researching Iron Age life
Designing board games about the Medieval church
Mathematics Use of spreadsheets, taught at some point, usually during the summer term.
Key Stage 4

GCSE – Computing (OCR Examination Board) is offered as a Key Stage 4 option.  The course content is made up of the following 3 elements:

  • Computer systems 50% of the final marks, examination paper taken at the end of Year 11
  • Computational thinking, algorithms and programming – 50% of the final marks, examination paper taken at the end of Year 11

Programming project  – a programming task set by the examination board and completed over 20 hours in Year 11.  Although it does not contribute marks towards the overall grade it is a compulsory part of the GCSE specification.

Staff members

Mr M Coley
Head of Department / ICT Co-ordinator

Mr C Thomson
Teacher of DT / Computing

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