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Computer Science

Time Allocation
Students study Computer Science for one 1 hour lesson per week in each of Year 7 and Year 8. 

Grouping
Computer Science lessons take place in form groups. 

Course Content
During KS3, students are introduced to a range of software packages which will allow them to consolidate their existing Computer Science competencies and then start to develop more sophisticated skills such as programming, game-making and web-design. 

  

Year 7 

Year 8 

Autumn 

Introduction to the network and computer systems: understanding the components of a computer, logging on, accessing personal areas, file management. 

E-Safety: understanding how to use the internet and mobile phones safely. 

Kodu programming: an introduction to basic programming with block based coding software that students really enjoy. 

Algorithms/Flowcharts: introduction to computational thinking and problem solving. Students learn to represent the steps they take to solve a problem with flowcharts. 

MSW Logo: learning to understand sequencing using MSW Logo software (also called Logo turtle Geometry). 

Binary: an introduction to the numbering notation used by computers.  

Spring 

Hardware & Software: developing an understanding of the components and devices that make computers work. 

 Basic Scratch Programming: an introduction to block based programming software. 

  

Input, Output and the CPU: students learn in more detail how the brain of the computer works and how we assign tasks to and getting results from the CPU using input and output devices. 

Advanced Scratch Programming: using the advanced features of Scratch such as Broadcast, Loops, If statements, Variables, operators and arrays.  

Summer 

Graphics/Photoshop unit: developing an understanding of how to create, use and adapt graphics within documents. 

Website Design and HTML: an introduction to building a basic website. 

Python Programming: an introduction to scripted programming tools. 

Sorting & Searching: students get a taste of the sorting and searching algorithms used from computers to handle data. 

Assessment

Formal Assessment
Students will be given short tests at the end of each unit though their overall assessment will be based on work done in class, homework and their test results. 

Homework
Students will be set homework each lesson which may involve designing a solution, conducting research, updating their solution or an evaluation. Students have access to a Computer Science room before school, at lunchtime and after school so lack of a computer or relevant software at home should not be an issue.