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KS3

In year 7 and year 8 students study a range of topics covering Computer Science, IT and digital literacy. They learn how a computer works by completing activities that allow them to explore hardware components and how text, images and sound are represented on computing systems. Students are introduced to programming and problem solving using Kudo in Y7 and JavaScript in Y8. Throughout the period of study students will improve their ICT skills by analysis of data and creating meaningful documents from their findings. Each year group will develop digital literacy by exploring how they can remain safe when using today’s technology.

KS4

Year 9

Students who opt to study Computer Science in year 9 will expand their programming skills and be introduced to a new programming language, Java. Students will discover algorithms that are used in real world situations and improve their problem solving skills to enable students to tackle the programming assessment when they reach Y11. Further investigation will be carried out in how computers work expanding knowledge about the CPU and memory. Students will finish the year looking at how computers communicate with each other and the variety of protocols involved.

Year 10 and Year 11

In year 10 and 11 students will continue to develop their programming and problem solving skills to design and produce solutions for a range of situations. We will investigate current and emerging trends in computing technologies and discover the impact of computing on individuals, society and the environment.

During KS4 students study 6 topics which are the foundations of Computer Science:

Algorithms – Breaking down problems

Data Representations – How data is handled and displayed

Computers – The hardware and software of computers

Communications – Networking and the internet

The Bigger Picture – How computers are used and the future of computers

Programming – Designing and creating programs

Key Dates:

December : Programming Project lasting 20 hrs, during lesson time

May/June : 2 written exam papers. Paper 1 is 1 hr 40 mins, Paper 2 is 2hrs