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.
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.
|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|
|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|
|· 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.
Mr M Coley
Head of Department / ICT Co-ordinator
Mr C Thomson
Teacher of DT / Computing