During Year 7 in Computer Science, students will cover the following topics:
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 and presentation software.
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.
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.
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.
Students will master the fundamental features of the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet package. They will make use of formulae, graphs and formatting skills before moving onto the more advanced functionalities within the spreadsheet package. Students will be able to create a working spreadsheet model of industry standard.
During Year 8 in Computer Science, students will cover the following topics:
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.
Students will be introduced to Business Studies for the first time. In this topic students will investigate the different reasons people choose to become entrepreneurs and the different ways in which businesses are set up. Students will learn about the importance of market research and how this aids an entrepreneur in developing a new good or service to bring to market in a profitable way.
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.
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.
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:
Students will continue to build on their programming skills in Python. They will add to their already established programming skills through learning various forms of iteration, arrays, and creating efficient and robust code.
Students will be assessed via a GCSE style programming assessment.
Students will further develop their Business Studies knowledge by looking more deeply into how a business operates. Students will use their mathematical knowledge and apply this to different business scenarios to calculate different costs, revenues, profits and the break even point. Students will also be given the chance to evaluate how a business operates in an ethical manner and how this impacts on their reputation and potential profits.
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.
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.
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.