Curriculum

COMPUTER SCIENCE

The computing curriculum teaches pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to solve problems. They will learn the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to create programs and systems of their own. As a result, pupils will become responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
Curriculum Overview
Year 7 Year 8
  • Folder Structures/File Types and E-Safety
  • Communication and Multimedia
  • Computer Systems
  • Computer Programming – Python
  • Spreadsheet Modelling
  • Computer Programming – Scratch (Game Design)
  • Projects
    • Project 1 – E-safety
    • Project 2 – Introduction to Computing
    • Project 3 – Binary & Control
    • Project 4 – Python
    • Project 5 – Algorithm basics
  • Understanding Computers
  • Computer Networks
  • Web Programming
  • Computer Programming – Python
  • Computer Programming – Scratch (Game Design)
  • Graphic Design
  • Projects
    • Project 1 – E-Safety
    • Project 2 – Python
    • Project 3 – Technology
    • Project 4 – Web Design
    • Project 5 – Scratch
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
Coding

  • Designing Code
  • Python
  • Designing, creating and evaluating code for a given scenario
  • How data can be represented in various forms

Hardware

  • How computer components work
  • How computers process instructions

Computer systems

  • Systems Architecture
  • Memory
  • Storage
  • Wired and wireless networks
  • Network topologies, protocols and layers
  • System security
  • System software
  • Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns
Programming project

  • Programming techniques
  • Analysis
  • Design

Computational thinking, algorithms and programming

  • Algorithms
  • Programming techniques
  • Producing robust programs
  • Computational logic
  • Translators and facilities of languages
  • Data representation

Programming project

  • Development
  • Testing and evaluation
  • Conclusions
  • Pupils take their GCSE examinations at the end of Year 10, so there is no Year 11 syllabus.
Assessment

Internal assessments take place every half-term.

KS4 Exam Board Specification: OCR GCSE 9-1 Computer Science (J276)

Enrichment Offer

Pupils can use the IT facilities in the department or the library at both lunchtime and after school, as well as attend after school homework/support clubs. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.