Curriculum

Computing

IT

Aims

The department aims to provide our students with a wide ranging and balanced Computing experience required for examination success and life after school.

Our four specialist Computer Scientists are constantly updating our curriculum to keep up to date with the ever changing digital world.

What we offer
Key Stage 3

In years 7 and 8 Computing is delivered through one 50 minute discrete lesson a week. Students follow a mastery curriculum that covers the following topics:

 

Year 7
Time scale Topic
Autumn Term 7.1 – IT Skills and E-Safety
Spring Term 7.2 – Computer Systems
Summer Term 7.3 – Programming Concepts – Microbit
Year 8
Time scale Topic
Autumn Term 8.1 – Digital Artifacts (IT Skills)
Spring Term 8.2 – Networking
Summer Term 8.3 – Programming Concepts – Scratch

 

In year 9, Computing is also delivered through one 50 minute discrete lesson a week. Students follow a bridging curriculum that gives students a insight into the options we offer in our faculty at GCSE level:

 

Year 9
Time scale Topic
Autumn Term 9.1  – Computer Science – Programming with Python
Spring Term 9.2 – Computer Science Theory
Summer Term 9.3 – ICT – Interactive Multimedia Product
Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 we offer two courses; a traditional GCSE and a vocational option.

The first is GCSE AQA in Computer Science, this is a mixture of computer science theory and computing programming.

The alternative course is a vocational course in Digital Information Technology. Students studying this specification learn all about exploring user interface design principles and project planning techniques, collecting, presenting and interpreting data and effective digital working practices. The course consists of 2 coursework units and 1 external exam.

Key Stage 5

We offer BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in IT at Sixth Form and it is a popular option. Subjects include IT systems, database design, social media for business and web design.

We also offer AQA Computer Science at A-Level which combines theory and practical programming. The practical side of the course will give you intensive hands-on experience of coding in Python, whereas the theory will explore how computers work, how data is represented in computing and the fundamentals of databases amongst other topics.

Extra-curricular Activities

Students often enjoy getting involved with Computing outside of lessons too and we run many sessions including:

  • Computer Science booster sessions – staff are available throughout the week to support Key Stage 4 students to reach their maximum potential
  • Programming club (dependant on the students this may be Kodu, Scratch or Python)
Leadership

We offer a Digital Leadership Programme which enables students to get involved in running our clubs, being lead learners in lessons, encouraging others to follow e-safety advice.

Suggested websites

 

https://scratch.mit.edu/

http://microbit.org/code/

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/examspecs/zkwsjhv

https://www.python.org/

https://pixlr.com/

https://revisecomputerscience.com/

http://www.flowgorithm.org/