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Year 7 Computer Science

During Year 7 in Computer Science, students will cover the following topics:

  • E-Safety & Digital Literacy
  • Computer Systems
  • Networks & Communication
  • Programming in Small Basic

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E-Safety & Digital Literacy

Students learn how to stay safe whilst using the internet; increasing their knowledge on how to stay safe online whilst reducing the risk to their personal information and property.
In digital literacy students learn how to use computers effectively in the modern environment, including formatting skills in word processors, presentation and spreadsheet software. Students will complete a digital literacy project which combines all their skills learnt across the three areas.

Computer Systems

Students will discover the different components of Computer Systems and how these work together to create the modern personal computer we know today. Students will be able to recognise the various operating systems and utility software used in modern digital devices.

Networks & Communication

Students explore the different ways in which digital devices communicate and interact with each other.
They will learn about the main network topologies and assess the effectiveness of each in a given real world scenario. Additionally, students gain an insight into how the internet transfers data around the world via various methods. 

Algorithms

Students will have an introduction to the world of computer programming using Microsoft SmallBasic.
They will be introduced to key programming concepts such as sequencing, iteration and selection, which they will then use in creating their own interactive quiz program.

Year 8 Computer Science

In addition to the topics listed below, the year will begin with a number of lessons covering current e-safety issues to develop their existing understanding further. This will ensure students know how to operate digital devices in a safe and responsible manner.

  • Ethics & Cyber Security
  • Computer Systems - Recap
  • Computational Thinking
  • Python Programming

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Ethics & Cyber Security

Students will work collaboratively to research trends in emerging technology and its impact on various areas of society. In teams they will debate the advantages and drawbacks of technology in the modern world. Students will learn about threats to users of technology and how to protect themselves from falling victim to a cyber-attack, and what is being done at a governmental level.

Computer Systems Recap

This is recap of Computer Systems that was unfortunately not covered in depth or detail in Year 7 due to the 2020 Covid outbreak. This is gives students the opportunity to recap the topic to ensure the curriculum is covered in full. Students will discover the different components of Computer Systems and how these work together to create the modern personal computer we know today. Students will be able to recognise the various operating systems and utility software used in modern digital devices.

Computational Thinking 

Students develop their problem solving skills by making use of the principles that underpin programming in Computer Science - pattern recognition, sequence, decomposition and abstraction. This is further supported through the creation of flowcharts using the Flowgorithm or Flowol software packages.

Programming in Python

Students will build on their programming and computational thinking skills by learning to write code in with a professional language. They will learn a number of fundamental and transferable programming skills including - data types, mathematical operations, sequencing and selection.

Year 9 Computer Science

In addition to the topics listed below, the year will begin with a number of lessons covering current e-safety issues to develop their existing understanding further. This will ensure students know how to operate digital devices in a safe and responsible manner.

 

During Year 9 in Computer Science, students will cover the following topics:

  • Programming in Python
  • Business Studies 2
  • Data Representation
  • Creative iMedia
  • GCSE content

 

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Programming in Python 

Due to the Covid outbreak in 2020 students did not have the full opportunity to learn the basics of programming in Python when they were in year 8. This one year only unit will therefore help students to build on their programming and computational skills learnt previously to learn the fundamental programming skills in Python and also extend these to learn more challenging skills that will prepare them fully for study at GCSE. 

Marketing 

Building on from previous knowledge and skills students will study how businesses market their products and services effectively. They will study the main principles of marketing; product, place, price & promotion. This will help students understand how businesses compete effectively and how a business develops a new good or service in a profitable way.

Data Representation

Students will discover how computers store and represent different forms of data through the use of binary - the underpinning language of all digital devices. They will look at the binary number system, text representation, and image representation. Finally, students will develop the skills to calculate the effects of these on file size vs file quality

Graphics Manipulation

Students will explore the creative tools available to them in Photoshop, for example layering, blur, clone stamp, magic wand etc to create a professional standard magazine cover that will meet the needs of an intended target audience. Students will be expected to research and evaluate the needs of their target audience to ensure their cover is fit for purpose. Students will also assess the wider use of digital imagery and the impact these can have on the viewer.

 

GCSE content

During the last half term students will start studying for their chosen GCSE options, whether that is Computer Science, Business or Creative iMedia. If students have not chosen one of the options offered by the department they will complete an IT based project that will enhance their digital literacy and e-safety awareness. 

 

 

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