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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


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.




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



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.


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.


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.