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Computer Science

Computer Science is a subject becoming ever more important in our digital world. We have developed a curriculum that builds the key components of what a Computer Science student should have. 

 The key skills (problem-solving, decomposition and evaluation) are being developed in a wide range of activities during the 5-year scheme of work. We recognise the need to enable students for the job market, so have some units that develop their IT skills as well. E-safety is also of paramount concern, so students take an online course in Year 7 and then revisit this in Year 9.  

 We hope that you find our curriculum is balanced and gives students the confidence to choose it as an option at Key Stage 4. We pride ourselves on offering this balance, allowing students to develop skills that will help in most jobs that use IT as well as a bridge to Computer Science careers. 


Key Stage 3

Year 7

Term

Content

Assessment

Autumn Term 1

Digital Literacy

(Microsoft Office, Email, SMHW and Teams)

Online test, self-evaluation and teacher evaluation.

Autumn Term 2

Hardware and Software 1

Online test, self-evaluation and teacher evaluation.

Spring Term 1

OSA

(E-Safety) not taught, switched to Online block based programming.

N/A

Spring Term 2

OSA

Online test, self-evaluation and teacher evaluation.

Summer Term 1

Scratch planned, but OSA overran

 

Online test, self-evaluation and teacher evaluation.

Summer Term 2

Kodu planned, but switched to Computational Thinking

Online test, self-evaluation and teacher evaluation.

 

Year 8

Term

Content

Assessment

Autumn Term 1

Hardware and Software 2

Online test, self-evaluation and teacher evaluation.

Autumn Term 2

Spreadsheets Year 8

Online test, self-evaluation and teacher evaluation.

Spring Term 1

Digital Image Editing

Online test, self-evaluation and teacher evaluation.

Spring Term 2

Algorithms and Pseudocode. Instead taught Digital Image Editing.

Online test, self-evaluation and teacher evaluation.

Summer Term 1

Small Basic. Switched to Microsoft Make Code Arcade

Online test, self-evaluation and teacher evaluation.

Summer Term 2

Python not taught switched to Minecraft Education.  

Online test, self-evaluation and teacher evaluation.

 

 Year 9

Term

Content

Assessment

Autumn Term 1

HTML Website Development & E-Safety

 

Autumn Term 2

HTML Website Development & E-Safety

Online test, self-evaluation and teacher evaluation.

Spring Term 1

Spreadsheets Year 9

 

Spring Term 2

Spreadsheets Year 9, switched to Microsoft Make Code Arcade.

Online test, self-evaluation and teacher evaluation.

Summer Term 1

Python not taught, continued with Microsoft Make Code Arcade.

 

Summer Term 2

Python not taught, switched to Minecraft Education Edition.

Online test, self-evaluation and teacher evaluation.


Key Stage 4

Year 10

Term

Content

Assessment

Autumn Term 1

Systems Architecture, Memory and Storage Theory Unit

 

Programming Unit

End of topic test.

Autumn Term 2

Programming Unit

Algorithms Theory Unit

End of topic test.

 

Spring Term 1

Algorithms Theory Unit

End of topic test.

 

Spring Term 2

Systems Software and Security Theory Unit

 

End of topic test.

 

Summer Term 1

Wired and Wireless Networks Theory Unit

End of topic test.

 

Summer Term 2

Mock Exam Prep

Mock Exam

End of topic test.

Mock exam.

 

Year 11

Term

Content

Assessment

Autumn Term 1

Data Representation Theory Unit

End of topic test.

Autumn Term 2

Preparation for Mock

Mock Exams

Logic and Languages Theory Unit

Completing Coursework

GCSE full Mocks 1.

Spring Term 1

Completing Coursework

Networks Theory Unit

 

End of topic test.

Spring Term 2

Formal Programming Techniques Theory Unit

Revision of Year 10 Topics

End of topic test.

Summer Term 1

Revision of Year 10 Topics

Exam Preparation

End of topic test.

Summer Term 2

Exam

 

Website for exam board with specification and other material: 

 

 

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