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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 game making software.

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

 

 

Programming and sequencing: using flash software to develop programming skills.

 

Spring

 

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

 

 

Basic Scratch Programming: an introduction to programming software.

 

 

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

 

Binary: an introduction to the numbering notation used by computers

 

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.

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.