Computing Curriculum Overview 2019

Year 7 students will:

  • Be introduced to the use of computers at Notley and e-safety;
  • Recap and be introduced to e-safety issues and how to mitigate them;
  • Use flowchart software to create algorithms for real life situations;
  • Recap and be introduced to new programming concepts using Scratch;
  • Be introduced to spreadsheet modelling to answer what if questions;
  • Recap and be introduced to computer hardware and IPO;
  • Create a flat file database that can be queried;
  • Be introduced to programming concepts using Python.


Year 8 students will:

  • Recap programming concepts in Python and create a chatbot;
  • Investigate the CPU, computer memory, networks and binary;
  • Create a flat file database and use simple and complex queries to search the database effectively;
  • Create a presentation about a controversial topic, showing evidence of searching for reliable, valid and unbiased information;
  • Build on programming skills in Python using iteration;
  • Use spreadsheet modelling software to create a carbon footprint calculator using a variety of tools and formulae.

Year 9 students will

  • Learn how to use one note, the tool through which the curriculum is delivered;
  • Use graphic programming tools to develop their understanding of variables and block code;
  • Develop their understanding of how block code become lines of code through an introduction to Python;
  • Learn how computers use binary;
  • Learn computational thinking;
  • Enhance their programming skills by using some complex commands of the language Python;
  • Be introduced to the concept of pseudo code.
Year 10 and 11 GCSE Computer Science.

Students may study computer science as an option in Years 10 and 11.

Students will study the principles of Computer Science and the application of computational thinking.


During the course students will study


  • Computational thinking;
  • Problem solving & coding;
  • Hardware and software principles;
  • Applied computing;
  • Algorithms;
  • Programming;
  • Data representation;
  • Data storage and the internet;
  • Network security;
  • The bigger picture of Computer Science

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