Computing Curriculum Overview 2015-16

The grid below gives an overview of the curriculum for this academic year:

Year 7

Students will:

  • Be introduced to the use of computers at Notley and E-safety
  • Be introduced to computing theory , algorithms and simple programming
  • Use spreadsheets to create a financial model to help an Animal Rescue Centre
  • Create a video as a virtual tour of the school for Year 6 students
  • Create a basic web page using HTML
  • Use Kodu programming software to create games
  • Use Scratch to develop their understanding of programming

Year 8

Students will:

  • Be introduced to computing theory including networking
  • Be introduced to concepts of programming, for example algorithms and pseudocode
  • Use Scratch to enhance programming skills and create a simple user friendly game
  • Create a presentation about a controversial topic, showing evidence of searching for reliable, valid and unbiased information
  • Enhance  programming skills by using Small basic, a text based language, to create simple programs
  • Create a flat file database and use simple and complex queries to search the database effectively
  • Use web creation software to create an e-time capsule
  • Be introduced to the basics of Python and use this to create simple programs

Year 9

Students will:

  • Be introduced to GCSE options: ICT, Business and Computing with taster lessons
  • Enhance their programming skills by using some complex commands of the text based language Python
  • Be introduced to networking components in more detail, for example learning  about hubs, switches and protocols
  • Be introduced to the concept of how numbers, text and images are represented in a binary form on the computer
  • Be introduced to  logic gates and truth tables
  • Enhance their knowledge of Scratch by using functions to develop more complex programs
  • Develop website programming by using CSS

Year 10 and Year 11
GCSE Computing

OCR GCSE Computing Overview
Unit A451- 40% of total GCSE

1 hour 30 minutes

Written paper – 80 marks

Topics covered:

  • Fundamentals of computer systems
  • Computing hardware
  • Software
  • Representation of data in computer systems
  • Databases
  • Computer communications and networking
  • Programming

Unit A452-30% of total GCSE. Controlled assessment. Approximately 20 hours. 45 marks.

Practical investigation.

OCR set scenario with choice of research tasks.

Unit A453-30% of total GCSE. Controlled assessment. Approximately 20 hours. 45 marks.

Programming project.

Tasks that enable candidates to design, develop and test a solution to a problem. OCR set tasks.

Students will:
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of how computer technology works
  • Be able to pursue higher studies and employment in Computer Science 
  • Develop critical-thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills

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