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Key Stage 3 Computing

Year 7

Year 7 students follow a programme of study that covers the National framework for Computing. Students will be introduced to components of hardware and software that makes up a networked computer system.  They will undertake projects that involve the collection and analysis of data using spreadsheets and databases.  They use different software applications to program and control physical systems.

Year 8

In Year 8 students will study digital literacy and will be introduced to computer programming.  They will produce a series of creative solutions that highlights the development of computing and the responsible use of the Internet.  Students will get the opportunity to create a website, learn about the history of computing, and use algorithms to create programs using Python.  Students will be assessed on their technical skills each half term.

Year 9

Students in Year 9 will either complete a vocational course in ICT or a GCSE in Computer Science. The ICT course aims to develop the ICT skills required for everyday use as well as enhancing the students’ understanding of computer systems. The Computer Science course encourages students to think creatively, analytically and logically about ways to solve problems using computer programs.

Homework

Homework in Key Stage 3 is set each week in Year 7 and every fortnight in Years 8 and 9.  Homework tasks are usually paper based in this subject.  It involves a variety of tasks such as planning and research.

Enrichment

There is a lunch time ICT Club that is available to all students.  There is an after-school Computing Club once a week to encourage students to extend their skills and knowledge in aspects of programming, animation, hardware and robotics.

Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Development

In Computing, issues such as the misuse of data and technology are discussed. Students look at how technology can effect an individual’s belief and ways to be a responsible and safe user of the Internet and social media.

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