Computer Science

Mrs R Pearce head of Computer Science 

We are all aware of how computers touches our everyday life. By developing skills at KS3 and showing students how these skills can be applied to produce useful and well designed programs in our KS4 course we aim to prepare students for ‘The Coding Age’.

YEAR 7 COURSE OVERVIEW

AUTUMN TERM:  Introduction to Colfox systems and software, followed by learning about the hardware of a computer and how it all works.

SPRING TERM:  Designing and creating a computer game in Scratch to develop programming skills and knowledge, as well as how to write up a programming project.

SUMMER TERM:  Learning about networks and the Internet, including e-safety, followed by independent projects using the BBC Micro:Bit.

 

YEAR 8 COURSE OVERVIEW

AUTUMN TERM:  Designing and creating a computer game in Scratch to develop programming skills and knowledge, as well as how to write up a programming project.

SPRING TERM:  Writing more comprehensive programs in a text-based programming language – Python.

SUMMER TERM:  Data representation in computer systems, including binary.

 

GCSE COURSE OVERVIEW

GCSE Computer Science

Students can opt to take GCSE Computer Science at the end of Year 8, and they will start the course in Year 9 and complete it in at the end of Year 11.

Course Outline

Exam Board: OCR

Examination: 80%

Non Examined Assessment: 20%

YEAR 9: Computational thinking, algorithms and programming.

YEAR 10: Computer systems.

YEAR 11: Completing the NEA (programming project) and revising for the exams in the summer term.