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Computing

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Key Stage 2

Students start their introduction to Computing in Year 5 and are timetabled for one lesson per week in one of our computer rooms.  This provides them with the skills they need to confidently use technology in the classroom and beyond, in order to enhance their learning potential.

The curriculum is broken down into three main areas: Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy.  The tables below show an outline of when we cover the different areas of content.

Year 5

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Using a personal computer system effectively. Programming an interactive scene on Scratch. Finding information online.

Internet Safety.

Presenting information. Budgeting using spreadsheets. Using databases to search for information.

Year 6

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Using online tools.

Presenting information.

Stop motion animation using plasticine. Using Excel as a database.

Internet Safety.

Programming an animated scene using Alice 3. Understanding computer networks. Programming a 3D game using Kodu.

Target Setting and assessment:
In Key Stage 2, students work within their form classes, so work will be differentiated within their class, depending on their ability. Each half-term will include a different topic and at the end of the topic, their teacher will assess the students on those specific skills. This will enable teachers to provide more specific feedback to each individual.

The more able:
In the classroom, work is differentiated to make sure that all students are appropriately supported and challenged.  We have a wide range of resources available to enable us to do this.

Support:
Support is provided and targeted at the students in line with their ability and any particular needs.

Key Stage 3

Students continue studying Computing in Years 7 and 8, with one lesson per week in one of our computer rooms. This builds on the skills they have learnt in Key Stage two, allowing them to develop their understanding of current and emerging technologies as well as enhancing their use of algorithms in computer programs.  This prepares them for the GCSE options that are available to them in Year 9.

The curriculum is broken down into three main areas: Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy.  The tables below show an outline of when we cover the different areas of content.

Year 7

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Using a variety of digital media to tell a story. Programming an interactive Pacman game using Scratch. Understanding how algorithms scan secure information using cryptography

Internet Safety.

Stop motion animation using Lego. Programming website using HTML. Using databases to search for and present information.

Year 8

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Investigating and building inside the computers. Programming using Python. Using spreadsheets to present a variety of information.

Internet Safety.

Using Photoshop to edit digital images. Setting up a specific database for a separate user. Programming a multiplayer shooter game using Scratch.

Target Setting and assessment
In Key Stage 3, students work in class groups. They are assessed every half term at the end of every topic, to ensure all strengths and weaknesses are located and therefore enabling us to deliver more independent learning for individuals.

The more able
In the classroom, work is differentiated to make sure that all students are appropriately supported and challenged.  We have a wide range of resources available to enable us to do this.

Support
Support is provided and targeted at the students in line with their ability. Currently, all Key Stage 3 ICT classes have an ICT technician working alongside the teacher and many classes have a teaching assistant in addition to this.  Some students also have access to a laptop during other lessons to support their needs.

Additional Opportunities
An ICT club runs at lunch time for students to work on their class work or homework.

GCSE ICT

We currently offer the OCR Cambridge National Certificate in Information Technologies.  Students begin this course in Year 9 and study until the end of Year 11.  The course enables learners to work on Skills that are highly valued by employers such as Project Management, Cyber Security, Knowledge of Legislation and Data Management as well as an understanding of how IT is used to help businesses operate and grow.

The curriculum is broken down into two main units.  The table below shows an outline of the content included in these areas.  To find out more about this course, visit https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/cambridge-nationals/information-technologies-level-1-2-j808/

Unit Assessment Content
Understanding tools, techniques, methods and processes for technological solutions · Written paper

· 1 hour 45 minutes

·  50% of the total marks

· Externally assessed examination

Project Management:
Project life cycle, planning tools, risks, analysis and testing

Business communication systems:
How data is collected, processed and stored, Big data, Cyber security, Legal framework, Ethics and morals and Distribution channels, including social media

Creating Data Management Systems for Business

(Building on the knowledge gained from the exam theory)

·  Controlled assessment

·  50% of the total marks

·  Internally assessed and externally moderated

Spreadsheet
Create and use spreadsheet systems to help businesses model, collect & analyse data and identify trends, using Microsoft Excel.

Database
Create and use relational databases to accurately store, retrieve, and professionally present business data, using Microsoft Access.

Presenting
Creating complex professional documents using desktop publishing and word processing software.  Design and implement a digital marketing artefact that combines media creatively. Use HTML and CSS to create websites.

Project Management
Planning and managing a project using project management software and planning tools.