Year 7

Overview/Introduction

In Computing pupils cover three strands: E-Safety, Information Technology (IT) and Computational Thinking. Together this forms the core computing pupils need to prepare them for KS4. They will have the option to further specialise in IT or Computer Science if they wish. Below is a list of topics year 7 will be covering throughout the year.

Autumn Term Areas of Study

Digital Life [Pathway Core IT]

Intro to computing & Baseline Assessment
House keeping: including working with our Networks and Communicating online
eSafety: Digital Footprint
eSafety: being safe online & Screentime
How search engines work & Reliability of web sources (Fake News)

Parts of a Computer [Core Computer Science]

Difference between hardware (inside a Computer; Input & Output devices) and software (open source)
The inner workings of that box
Operating Systems
Memory

Spring Term Areas of Study

Programming in Visual Studio Console [Pathway CORE Computer Science]

Sequencing instructions : Chatbot
Solving real life programs: Calculator
Conditional programming: introducing selection

Data Representation [Pathway Computer Science]

Units of Data & Storage
Binary Conversion
ASCII
1-bit Images
Boolean logic

Summer Term Areas of Study

Database_ Data Handling skills [Pathway Computer Science]

Collecting data and filtering data (filter, sort, search)
Create database
Solve a crime
Make report

BBC Micro Bit

Sources of Information/ Help

Year 7 will be given the opportunity to go to Portsmouth in the Summer. This trip will give them the chance to get hands on experience with code breaking. They will also get a chance to play laser tag and see some of the old battleships in the Portsmouth harbour.

Each unit ends with an End of Unit tests in Google Classroom.

Independent Study will include a variety of tasks to support students in achieving Flightpath. There will also be an introduction to Flipped Learning.

They will also be working towards the Bronze Award of the Duke of York Award: www.idea.org

In Year 7 students will be given the opportunity to taken part in the Senior Galactic Challenge.

Year 8

Overview/Introduction

In Computing pupils cover three strands: E-Safety, ICT and Computational Thinking. Together this forms the core computing pupils need to prepare them for KS4. They will have the option to further specialise in ICT or Computer Science if they wish. Below is a list of topics year 8 will be covering throughout the year.

Autumn Term Areas of Study

Baseline Tests [All Pathways]

E-Safety – Internet & Networking [Pathway Computer Science]

WWW VS Internet & Browsers VS Search Engines
Networking Hardware
Types of Network Topologies
IP Address and Internet Services

Web Design – Theme – Future Technologies [Pathway IT-Web Design]

Reading and Writing HTML & CSS: Understanding Tags
How to Create Websites _ Set Up
Adding Interactive and Multimedia Content
Evaluating

Spring Term Areas of Study

Programming – VB Console [Pathway Computer Science]

Input Functions
Selection
Arithmetic Operators
Loops & Iteration

Data Representation [Pathway Computer Science]

Logic Gates
Binary Adding UP
2-bit Images & Colour Depth
Data representation of Sound

Summer Term Areas of Study

Database in SQL: Introduction to DBMS [Pathway Computer Science]

Introduction to SQL
Updating and deleting records
Search and sort
Intro to Relational Database

Lego Robots – Carousel [Pathway Computer Science]

Learning to program a Lego Mindstorm
Trial and error protocols
Learning via Video tutorials

Sources of Information/ Help

Each unit ends with an End of Unit tests in Google Classroom.

Independent Study will include a variety of tasks to support students in achieving Flightpath. There will also be an introduction to Flipped Learning.

They will also be working towards the Silver Award of the Duke of York Award: www.idea.org

In Year 8 students will be given the opportunity to taken part in the Faraday Challenge as well as the Galactic Senior Challenge.

Year 9

Overview/Introduction

In Computing pupils cover three strands: E-Safety, IT and Computational Thinking. Together this forms the core computing pupils need to prepare them for KS4. They will have the option to further specialise in IT or Computer Science if they wish. If not, they will continue to do Core Computing and can achieve a ½ GCSE in Creative iMedia. Below is a list of topics year 9 will be covering throughout the year

Autumn Term Areas of Study

Baseline Test [All Pathways]

E-Safety – Digital Detectives [Pathway E-Safety-IT]

Understanding Browser
Spot the scam: Email/Mobile phones
Safety savvy: Password/Firewall
Social networking: Internet, Phone and Sexting
Connect to the Internet
Search Engine

Programming- VB Forms [Pathway Computer Science]

Functions and Procedures
Selection Statements
Iteration
Data Types

Spring Term Areas of Study

Creating a Magazine [Pathway-IT]

Understanding Graphics Design conventions
Understanding inDesign Interface
Using Text and kerning
Using anchors and Image editing
Create a Magazine
Reviewing work

iMedia KS4 [Pathway-IT]

Summer Term Areas of Study

iMedia KS4 [Pathway-IT]

Sources of Information/Help

Each unit ends with an End of Unit tests in Google Classroom.
Independent Study will include a variety of tasks to support students in achieving Flightpath. There will also be an introduction to Flipped Learning.
They will also be working towards the Silver Award of the Duke of York Award: www.idea.org

Year 10

Assessment and (Provisional) Examination / Assessment Dates

  • Paper 1: Computational thinking and problem solving
  • Paper 2: Written assessment
  • Non-exam assessment

Key Resources

  • GCSE Computer Science Workbook for AQA 8520

  • Paul Long AQA GCSE Book

  • Programming

Autumn Term Areas of Study

Paper 1: Computational thinking and problem solving:

Fundamentals of algorithms

  • Representing algorithms
  • Efficiency of algorithms
  • Searching algorithms
  • Sorting algorithms

Programming

  • Data Types
  • Programming concepts
  • Arithmetic operations in VB.Net
  • Boolean operations in VB.Net
  • Data structures
  • Input/output and file handling
  • String handling operations in VB.Net
  • Random number generation in VB.Net
  • Subroutine (procedures and functions)
  • Structured programming
  • Robust and secure programming

Paper 2: Fundamentals of data representation

  • Number base
  • Converting between number base
  • Units of Information
  • Binary arithmetic
  • Character encoding
  • Representing images
  • Representing sound
  • Data compression


Spring Term Areas of Study

Paper 1: Computational thinking and problem solving:

Paper 2: Computer System

  • Hardware and software
  • Boolean logic
  • Software classification
  • System architecture

Summer Term Areas of Study

Paper 2:

Aspects of software development
Fundamentals of cyber security

  • Cyber security threats
  • Social engineering
  • Malicious code
  • Methods to detect and prevent cyber security threats

Ethical, legal and environmental impacts of digital technology on wider society, including issues of Privacy.

NEA

Sources of Information/Help

Each haft term with an End of Unit tests in Google Classroom.

Independent Study will include a variety of tasks to support students in achieving Flightpath. There will also be an introduction to Flipped Learning.

Year 11

Assessment and (Provisional) Examination / Assessment Dates

  • Paper 1: Computational thinking and problem solving
  • Paper 2: Written assessment
  • Non-exam assessment

Key Resources

Autumn Term Areas of Study

NEA

Non-exam assessment Fundamentals of computer networks till the next of September.

Paper 1 Revision: Computational thinking and problem solving:

Fundamentals of algorithms

  • Truth Tables
  • Pseudocode
  • Flowcharts
  • One problem multiple solutions
  • Effective algorithms
  • Searching algorithms
  • Sorting algorithms

Fundamentals of data representation

  • Prefix identifier
  • Data types

Programming

  • Sequential coding
  • Data compression
  • Representing images
  • Bases (2,10,16)
  • Character encoding

Spring Term Areas of Study

Paper 2 Revision: Computational thinking and problem solving:

Computer System

  • Boolean Logic
  • Software classification
  • System architecture

System architecture

  • 4 layers
  • Network protocols
  • Network security

Paper 2 Revision: Fundamentals of cyber security

  • Cyber security threats
  • Social engineering
  • Malicious code
  • Methods to detect and prevent cyber security threats
  • Ethical, legal and environmental impacts of digital technology on wider society, including issues of privacy

Summer Term

External Exams

Sources of Information/ Help

Each haft term with an End of Unit tests in Google Classroom.

Independent Study will include a variety of tasks to support students in achieving Flightpath. There will also be an introduction to Flipped Learning.

Year 12 & 13

 

Year 12

Assessment and Examination / Assessment Dates

  • Paper 1 Problem Solving, Programming, Data Representation and Practical Exercise 40% of
  • Paper 2 Computer Components, the Stored Program Concept and the Internet 40%
  • Non-exam assessment 20%

Key Resources

Autumn Term Areas of Study

Unit 1 – Problem Solving, Programming, Data Representation and Practical Exercise including:

  • Fundamentals of data structures, including arrays and text files
  • Number systems
  • Fundamentals of data representation
  • Programming

Unit 2 – Computer Components, The Stored Program Concept and The Internet:

  • Encryption
  • Consequences of uses of computing
  • Finite state machines (FSMs)
  • Networking
  • Communication

Spring Term areas of study

Unit 1 – Problem Solving, Programming, Data Representation and Practical Exercise including:

  • Information coding systems
  • Representing images sound and other data
  • Programming

Unit 2 – Computer Components, The Stored Program Concept and The Internet:

  • Fundamentals of communication and networking
  • Logic gates and Boolean Algebra
  • Internal hardware components of a computer
  • External hardware devices
  • Abstract data types
  • Big Data
  • Database

Summer Term areas of study

A Level – Computer Components, The Stored Program Concept and The Internet:

  • Mock Exam Paper 1
  • Starting the NEA

Year 13

Autumn Term Areas of Study

Skeleton Code – Paper 1
NEA
Revision

Spring Term -External Exams

Skeleton Code – Paper 1
NEA
Revision

Summer Term

External Exams

Sources of Information/ Help

Each haft term with an End of Unit tests in Google Classroom.
Independent Study will include a variety of tasks to support students in achieving Flightpath. There will also be an introduction to Flipped Learning.