Computer Science

Curriculum Information for Key Stage 3 students

 

Welcome to the Computer Science department

Aim: to ensure that all pupils:

  • can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
  • can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
  • are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology

 

What topics will I study in KS3 (years 7, 8 & 9):

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 7 Topics:

E-safety

 

 

 

Assessment:

On Screen Test

 

Topics:

Fundamentals of Programming

 

Assessment:

On Screen Test

Topics:

Fundamentals of Programming

 

Assessment:

On Screen Test:

Topics:

Fundamentals of Programming

 

Assessment:

On Screen Test:

Topics:

Fundamentals of Programming

 

Assessment:

On Screen Test

Topics:

Python Programming

 

 

Assessment:

On Screen Test

Year 8 Topics:

Visual Basic Programming

 

Assessment: On Screen Test

Topics:

Understanding Computers

 

Assessment: On Screen Test

Topics:

Understanding Computers

 

Assessment: On Screen Test

Topics:

HTML coding

 

 

Assessment:

On Screen Test

Topics:

Spreadsheet Project

 

Assessment:

Topics:

Spreadsheet Project

 

Assessment:

Year 9 Topics:

Python Programming

 

Assessment:

On Screen Test

Topics:

Algorithms

 

 

Assessment:

On Screen Test

Topics:

Networks

 

 

Assessment:

On Screen Test

Topics:

Networks

 

 

Assessment:

On Screen Test

Topics:

Legal and Ethical Issues

 

Assessment:

On Screen Test

Topics:

Binary and Hex

 

Assessment:

On Screen Test

 

Can I study this at KS4?

Yes

 

Are there any enrichment opportunities in school?

In year 10 we run a school trip to the British Education and Training Technology Show

 

What could I do at home to help myself or where could I visit to help my learning?

Regularly review your work from previous units and set yourself practice questions to test if you can still recall the content correctly. You can also continue developing your programming skills using pynewbs.com and your theory by following the crash course computer science channel on YouTube.

 

Useful websites:

www.pynewbs.com

www.edabit.com

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zvc9q6f https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpIctyqH29Q&list=PL8dPuuaLjXtNlUrzyH5r6jN9ulIgZBpdo