The Computer Science Faculty

Teaching and Learning Director (acting)
Miss S. Hamid & Mr B. Ahmed

Computer Science is a subject which requires students to apply their mathematical and problem solving skills to various computing projects which range from creating formula on a spreadsheet to programming their own website or app. Without this subject, all the gadgets that we take for granted wouldn’t exist. We encourage students to work hard in this subject and to consider taking this subject to GCSE and beyond as Computer Science and IT is our future.

Key Stage 3 – Computer Science (Core)

Students will study E-Safety, spreadsheet and database software, game creation in Scratch, basic programming in Python, basic hardware and software that is needed for a PC. This will be covered on one lesson a week. Homework takes the form of traditional worksheets and mini projects which are delivered at the end of the unit. We will assess students at the end of each project in one of two ways.  Some units are judged by the end product and some are tested through one hour assessments.

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
7 E-safety E-Safety IT + Business IT + Business Game Creation with Scratch Game Creation with Scratch
8 Game Creation with Scratch Game Creation with Scratch PC Basics PC Basics Computer science in our world Web design (Dreamweaver, HTML, CSS)
N.B. This is the curriculum for the 2020-2021 cohort, allowing for lost learning in their Y7 by current Y8. 

 

Key Stage 4 – Information Technology and Computer Science Skills (Core)

The Department for Education has listed Computer Science as a non-examinable core subject at Key Stage 4.  It understands it’s importance in the world, especially since Covid-19 has increased the demand for more online services and that the gap in supply and demand for Computer Scientists continues to grow rapidly. This is not a GCSE but it does give ALL students the opportunity to learn some Computer Science in the hope that they may decide to take this subject further once they leave school.

In Year 10 students will cover the fundamentals of IT and Computer Science so that they are able to use what is at hand efficiently and appropriately. Students have one lesson a fortnight in Year 10 and in some cases have this lesson once a month.

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
10 Understanding Computer Systems Understanding Computer Systems Understanding Computer Systems Understanding Computer Systems Understanding Computer Systems Understanding Computer Systems

Key Stage 4 – GCSE Computer Science (Optional)

Once students have successfully completed the foundation year to Computer Science in Year 9, students will then start their GCSE for Computer Science in Year 10 by working on the advanced programming skills they need for NEA (Non-exam assessment) and for one of the two papers they will take in Year 11. In their final year they complete the first unit of theory. In their final year, students will learn about Computer Systems. To be successful at this course students will also complete two exams which are worth 50% each and will test their abilities in programming, problem solving, logic and their understanding of how computers work. This course gives learners a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works, provides excellent preparation for higher study and employment in Computer Science and develops critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills. The exam board used is OCR.

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
10 Recap of Basic Python Programming Techniques and acquisition of advanced Python Programming Recap of Basic Python Programming Techniques and acquisition of advanced Python Programming

Advanced programming techniques:

parameter passing, searching and sorting techniques.

Advanced programming techniques:

parameter passing, searching and sorting techniques.

SQL Development Start of the NEA project
11 Computational thinking, algorithms and programming Computer Systems Theory Computer Systems Theory Revision Revision N/a

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Key Stage 4 – Creative iMedia (Optional)

Some students who want a career in IT but not Computer Science will opt for this. Due to Covid-19 our Y10 and 11 programmes have been altered. As of yet, we do not know if the exam board will allow schools to streamline the content for the course so we are trying to teach the course in full until we are given further guidance.

Current Year 10 students will start by working on the examination unit R081 which is worth 25% of the overall grade.  The rest of the year will be spent completing the graphics unit R082 which is worth 25%.

Current Year 11 students have completed the R082 unit in the previous year and are now working on the theory for the exam R081.  After their exam in January there will be two more units to complete. These are coursework based and are worth 25% each. The units are R087 web development and R089 Video Editing.

Current
Year 10
Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
10 R081 Pre-Production Skills R081 Pre-Production Skills R082 Creating Digital Graphics R082 Creating Digital Graphics R082 Creating Digital Graphics R087 – Creating Interactive Multimedia Products
11 R087 – Creating Interactive Multimedia Products R087 – Creating Interactive Multimedia Products R089 Creating a Digital Video Sequence R089 Creating a Digital Video Sequence R089 Creating a Digital Video Sequence Left

 

Current
Year 11
Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
10 R082 Creating Digital Graphics R082 Creating Digital Graphics R082 Creating Digital Graphics Lockdown Lockdown Lockdown
11 R081 Pre-Production Skills R081 Pre-Production Skills R087 – Creating Interactive Multimedia Products R087 – Creating Interactive Multimedia Products R089 Creating a Digital Video Sequence

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Additional Information

Resources are on the VLE which enable students to download learning materials at home or on holiday.