Welcome to the Computing Department

Introduction

We aim to cover all aspects of the national curriculum and teach students how to use a variety of different software. Each student will have 1 lesson per week in KS3 and can then opt to choose Computer Science as an option where they will have 3 lessons per week. There are two members of staff in the department and at various times of the year 'Code Club' runs which has a focus on different topics such as Python, Scratch and HTML.


Key Stage 3 Curriculum Map

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 7

Introduction to software

Introduction to software

E-Safety

Flowol

Flowol

Binary

Year 8

Understanding computers

Understanding computers

Sketch Up

Microbits

Microbits

Scratch

Year 9

Python Programming

Python Programming

E-Safety

Photoshop and Design

Software

Software

 

Assessments

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 7

 

PowerPoint Assessment

ESafety Assessment

 

Flowol Assessment

Binary Assessment

Year 8

 

Understanding computers Assessment

Sketch Up Assessment

 

Microbit Assessment

Scratch Assessment

Year 9

 

Python Assessment

ESafety Assessment

Photoshop Assessment

 

Software Assessment

 


Key Stage 4 Curriculum Map

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 10

System Architecture

Translators and Facilities

Memory

Computational Logic

Algorithms

Producing Robust Programs

Programming Techniques

Storage

Systems Software

Networks

Python Programming

Progress for success

Network Topologies

Protocols and Layers

Data Representation

SQL

Year 11

Ethical, Legal, Cultural and Environmental issues

Controlled Assessment

Controlled Assessment

System Security

Revision

Revision

 

Assessments

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 10

System Architecture Assessment

Translators and Facilities Assessment

Memory Assessment

Computational Logic Assessment

Algorithms Assessment

Producing Robust Programs

Programming Techniques

Storage Assessment

Systems Software Assessment

Networks Assessment

Python Programming

Progress for success

Network Topologies Assessment

Protocols and Layers Assessment

Data Representation Assessment

SQL Assessment

Year 11

Ethical, Legal, Cultural and Cnvironmental issues Assessment

Controlled Assessment

Controlled Assessment

System Security Assessment

 

 

 


The exam board is OCR.

The course will consist of 2 X 1hr 30minute exams, (both weighted at 40% each of the overall GCSE grade). There is also 1 X programming project (weighted at 20% of the overall GCSE grade).

The current (9-1) specification covers the following topics at GCSE level:

  • Systems architecture
  • Memory
  • Storage
  • Wired and wireless networks
  • Network topologies, protocols and layers
  • System security
  • Systems software
  • Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns
  • Content of Computational thinking, algorithms and
  • Programming
  • Algorithms
  • Programming techniques
  • Producing robust programs
  • Computational logic
  • Translators and facilities of languages
  • Data representation

Link to specifications

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-computer-science-j276-from-2016/


Link to any revision web sites or in school resources


Where does it lead?

Computer Science can be continued at A-Level and there are a variety of different university courses which can be studied around the country. Potential careers include: Software Developer, Network Engineer, Systems Analyst, Database Administrator, Security Services, Media Researcher, Computer Games Developer and many more.