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Computing

 

Computing has deep links with Maths, Science, and Design & Technology. At its core is Computer Science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content.

Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate (able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, Information and Communication Technology) at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world

Key Stage 3 Computing

In order to allow pupils to pursue both ICT and Computer Science at GCSE and beyond, it is anticipated that the programme followed by your child during Key Stage 3 will be as follows.

Year 7 Computing 

  • An introduction to Computing at Idsall
  • Unit 1 - Programming with Scratch
  • Unit 2 – An Introduction to Data, Data Representation & Databases
  • Unit 3 – Animal Rescue Project (ICT Skills)
  • Unit 4 – An Introduction to HTML & CSS  (web development)
Year 7-Topics Covered Per Half Term  

Autumn 1

Introduction to Idsall's network & eSafety.
Programming with Scratch.

Autumn 2

Programming with Scratch.
An introduction to data, data representation and databases.

Spring 1

Data, data representation and databases.

Spring 2

Animal Rescue Project
(spreadsheets, DTP, word processing).

Summer 1

Web development-An HTML & CSS

 

      

Summer 2

Web development-An HTML & CSS

 

 

Year 8 Computing 

  • Unit 1 – An Introduction to Programming with Python
  • Unit 2 – Databases (MS Access)
  • Unit 3 – Electronic Time Capsule – web development with Dreamweaver
  • Unit 4 – An Introduction to Computer Networks (LAN/WAN, peer-peer / client-server, topologies, MAC addresses, IP addresses, router, hub, switch etc).
Year 8-Topics Covered Per Half Term

Autumn 1                                                    Autumn 2 

Programming with Python.

Databases (tables, forms, queries and      reports).

Spring 1

Electronic Time Capsule
(web development with Dreamweaver)

Spring 2

Electronic Time Capsule (web        development with Dreamweaver).

Summer 1

Computer networks.

Summer 2

Computer networks.

Year 9 Computing 

  • Unit 1 – More programming with Python.
  • Unit 2 – Climate change project (MS Office skills).
  • Unit 3 – Data & data representation (binary, hex, text, bitmaps, sound etc.).
  • Unit 4 – Web development project (Dreamweaver).
Year 9-Topics Covered Per Half Term 

Autumn 1

Python Programming.

Autumn 2

Climate change project.

Spring 1

Databases and data representation.

Spring 2

Databases and data representation.

Summer 1

Web development project.

Summer 2

Web development project.

Computing at Key Stage 4                       

ICT and Computer Science are offered as options in Key Stage 4.

ICT - Pearson BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Digital Information Technology

The Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Digital Information Technology
(Qualification Number: 603/2740/6), is for learners who wish to acquire knowledge and technical skills through vocational contexts by studying the knowledge, understanding and skills related to data management, data interpretation, data presentation and data protection as part of their Key Stage 4 learning. This builds on the learning that has already taken place at Key Stage 3. The qualification recognises the value of learning skills, knowledge and vocational attributes to complement GCSEs. The qualification will broaden learners’ experience and understanding of the varied progression options available to them.

Unit 1 - Exploring User Interface Design Principles and Project Planning Techniques. Coursework. 30% of the final award.

Unit 2 - Collecting, Presenting and Interpreting Data. Coursework. 30% of the final award.

Unit 3  - Effective Digital Working Practices. External examination. 40% of the final award

Year 10-Topics Covered Per Half Term  

Autumn 1

User interfaces

Purposes of different interfaces

Autumn 2

Coursework section A – research different user interfaces

Spring 1

Planning techniques

Creating a user interface

Spring 2

Coursework section B&C – Plan and develop a user interface.

Summer 1

Introduction to spreadsheets.

Summer 2

Coursework 2 section A – research spreadsheets

Year 11-Topics Covered Per Half Term

Autumn 1

Effective digital working practices.

Autumn 2

Effective digital working practices – exam prep.

Spring 1

Effective digital working practices – exam.

Spreadsheet creation

Spring 2

Coursework 2 section B&C – plan and create a spreadsheet

Summer 1

Coursework 2 section B&C – plan and create a spreadsheet

 

Summer 2 

Exam resit as necessary.

Computer Science (OCR GCSE Computing)

 

                   

 

Computing is everywhere and, for most of us, life without computers is unimaginable, with computer systems affecting most of the things that we do. For example, computers are used for entertainment, to do business, control machinery, navigate planes, support administration and communicate.

Obviously, a GCSE in Computing gives pupils skills needed to start their journey towards a career in computer science. But even more than this, it will give them some of the skills you needed for any career. Want to become a designer, architect, engineer, publisher, medical researcher, sports coach, music or film producer (the list is endless)? Then Computing is one of the best points to start from.

Computer Science is an eBacc subject and recognised as the fourth Science, on a par with Physics, Biology & Chemistry.

Topics include:

  1. Problem Solving (algorithms, decomposition and abstraction).
  2. Programming (code development, constructs, datatypes and structures, input/output, operators and subprograms).
  3. Data (binary, data representation, data storage and compression, encryption and databases).
  4. Computers (hardware, logic, software and programming languages).
  5. Communication and the internet (networks, network security, the internet and the worldwide web).
  6. The bigger picture (emerging trends, issues and impact).

Assessment on this course is made via the following elements:

  1. Principles of Computer Science. This component is assessed via a written examination, and counts for 50% of the final award. Topics 1-6 (see above) are tested. Examination to be sat when in Year 11.
  2. Application of Computational Thinking. This component is assessed via a scenario based examination, and counts for 50% of the final award. The main focus is on Topics 1 and 2 (see above), but it may draw on all other topics. Examination to be sat when in Year 11.
Year 10-Topics Covered Per Half Term 

Autumn 1

Intro to course

Systems Architecture

Memory

Programming

Spring 1

Network topologies, protocols and layers.

Programming

Summer 1

Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns.

Programming

Autumn 2

Storage

Wired and wireless networks

Programming

 

Spring 2

Systems security

Systems software

Programming

Summer 2

Programming

 
 
Year 11-Topics Covered Per Half Term 

Autumn 1

Programming Project

 

Spring 1

Programming techniques

Producing Robust Programs

Computational Logic

Summer 1

Revision

Autumn 2

Programming Project

Algorithms

Spring 2

Translators and facilities of languages

Data Representations

Revision

Summer 2

Revision

 


Key Stage 5 Computing

GCE 'A'Level Computer Science OCR

Designed after consultation with members of the British Computer Society and a number of top universities, OCR’s AS and A Level Computer Science qualifications inspire and challenge students to apply the knowledge they gain with the creative and technical skills they acquire.

Assessment:

Unit 1: Computer Systems (40%). This unit is assessed via written examination. Topics include: the characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices; software and software development; exchanging data; data types, data structures and algorithms; legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues.

Unit 2: Algorithms and Programming (40%). This unit is assessed via written examination. Topics include: elements of computational thinking; programming and problem solving; pattern recognition, abstraction and decomposition; algorithm design and efficiency.

Unit 3 – Programming Project (20%).

Year 12-AS Computer Science Topics Covered Per Half Term 

Autumn 1

Programming

Structure & function of the Processor

Types of Processor

 

 

Spring 1

Programming

Legislation

Application Generation

Software Development

Compression, encryption, hashing

Databases

Networks

Summer 1

Programming

Programming techniques

Thinking abstractly

Thinking procedurally

Thinking logically

Algorithms

 

Autumn 2

Programming

Input, output and storage

Data Types

Boolean Algebra

Operating Systems

Spring 2

Programming

Ethical, moral and cultural issues

Data Structures

Types of programming language

 

 

 

Summer 2

Exams

A2 Introduction
Year 13 AS-Computer Science-Topics Covered Per Half Term 

Autumn 1

Project

Structure and function of the processor.

Input, output and storage

Operating systems

Application Generation

Software Development

Types of programming language

Compression, encryption and hashing

Databases

Spring 1

Project

Data structures

Boolean Algebra

Computer related legislation

Ethical, moral and cultural issues

Summer 1

Algorithms

Revision

Autumn 2

Projects

Networks

Web technologies

Data types

 

 

 

 

 

Spring 2

Project

Computational thinking

Programming techniques

Computational methods

 

Summer 2

Exams

 

 

KS5 BTEC ICT – (Edexcel / Pearson BTEC Certificate)

This course prepares pupils with a mixture of practical and theoretical ICT skills, providing sound preparation for a range of jobs and university courses. The Certificate (AS equivalent) is awarded the end of Year 12, and the Extended Certificate (A2 equivalent) is awarded at the end of Year 13. 

Year 12 Certificate
 

1. Creating Systems To Manage Information (practical task) - 50% of the Certificate

This is a 10 hour task, arranged over a 1 week assessment period. The task is externally set & assessed by the exam board. It is completed on a computer and submitted electronically. Pupils will examine a given scenario and develop an effective design solution to produce a database system. You will then test and evaluate your solution.
 

2. Using Social Media in Business (investigation & written task) -  50% of the Certificate

You will explore different social media websites, and develop a plan to use social media strategies to improve the business.

Year 13 (Extended Certificate)


Both of the Certificate units above (now weighted at 25% each), plus:
 

1. Information Technology Systems (2 hour exam) - 33% of the total grade

You will explore the relationships between the hardware & software that form an IT system, the way systems work individually and together. You will examine issues related to the use of IT systems and the impact that these have on organisations and individuals.
 

2. Website Development  (practical task) —17% of the total grade

In this unit, you will review existing websites, use scripting languages or rapid application
development tools to design and develop a website to meet a client brief. Finally, you will
reflect on the website design and functionality using a testing and review process.

Year 12 BTEC ICT-Topics Covered Per Half Term 

Autumn 1

Social media websites
Business use of social media
Unit 3 Assignment part A

Autumn 2

Posting Schedules
Preparing Content
Analysing social media usage

Spring 1

Unit 3 Assignment part B and C
Introduction to databases

Spring 2

Database skills
Practice database exams

Summer 1

Unit 2 exam prep
Unit 2 exam

Summer 2

Extended certificate introduction

Year 13 BTEC ICT-Topics Covered Per Half Term 

Autumn 1

Digital devices that form part or all of IT systems.

Peripheral devices used with other digital devices to form part of an IT system.

Types of operating system

Emerging technologies

Choosing IT systems

Networks

Autumn 2

Online systems

Online communities

Threats to data, information and systems

Protecting data

Online services

Impact on organisations

Using and manipulating data

Moral and ethical issues

Legal issues

Spring 1

Exam revision

Unit 1 – exam

Websites

Spring 2

Coursework section A – website research

Summer 1

Website creation

Coursework section B&C – plan and develop a website.

Summer 2

Coursework section B&C – plan and develop a website.

Exam resits as necessary

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For further advice or to find out more about the Computing and ICT curriculum at Idsall School, please contact Mr N Barnett.