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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. 

Programming in Small Basic

Students will have an introduction to the world of computer programming using Microsoft Small Basic. 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.

  • Digital Graphics
  • Data Representation 1
  • Computational Thinking
  • Python Programming Basics

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Digital Graphics

Students will explore the creative tools available to them in Photoshop, for example layering, blur, clone stamp, magic wand etc to create a professional magazine advert 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.

Data Representation 1

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.

 

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 and Flowol software packages.

Python Programming Basics

Students will build on their programming and computational thinking skills by learning to write code in 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:

  • Advanced Python
  • Big Data
  • Data Representation
  • Sheets

 

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Advanced Python

Building upon their previous learning from Year 8, students will continue to develop their programming skills including - iteration, arrays, subroutines and verification & validation routines.

Big Data

Students will be introduced to the world of “Big Data” where the information they share and produce online is gathered and analysed. They will learn how tech firms can build a digital profile of them and use this data to persuade and manipulate their behaviours. Throughout this topic students will learn to appreciate how privacy could come under threat.

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

Sheets

This unit will help students to understand the basics of how to use and manipulate spreadsheets, for a range of uses. This will include formatting, formulas, functions and interactive use.

 

 

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