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Students will studying varied curriculum within Computing. They will be studying in some depth three main strands of Computer Science, ICT and Digital Literacy. Within Computer Science they should become skilled at practical problem solving. The should confidently be able to solve a problem in and then develop a solution in a programming language such as Python. They should also be proficient in using various application packages such as Word, Power point and Excel. Additionally they will be taught how to communicate using web development tools, and also graphically using graphics software. Students will also be taught how to be safe when using the new digital technology. By the end of Key Stage 3 Computing, pupils will gain an understanding of computational systems of all kinds, whether or not they include computers. Computational thinking provides insights into many areas of the curriculum, and influences work at the cutting edge of a wide range of disciplines.

What will students learn?

Year 7
Students will initially learn how to solve problems using algorithms. They will then learn how to implement these algorithms using Python. Next students will be taught how computers work with data, and how different types exist such as text and images. Students will also learn about the fundamental pieces of hardware that make up a computer system, in particular the input and output devices that are available. Students will also be taught the basics of communication and networking, with a particular emphasis on how to use the internet effectively. Students will also be taught how to the basic elements of word processing and spreadsheet packages which will help underpin their studies throughout their secondary education

Year 8
Students will learn more about the robustness of algorithms and also their efficiency. The will also begin to further develop their programming ability, in particular around using programming to interact with various devices. Students will also be further taught about basic data representation in Binary and Hex and how to convert between them. Students will also learn more about the various pieces of hardware that make up a computer system, including the CPU and memory. Students will also learn about the various components of a computer network and also the use of web services. Students will also gain a chance to further develop their spreadsheet skills by creating a spreadsheet for a pop band.

Year 9
Students will learn about the more advanced elements of algorithmic thinking in relation to abstraction. Students will further develop their programming ability by creating more real world solutions such as creating a calculator or time table program. Students will also learn more about how computers represent images and sounds and how these can be manipulated. Student will then look at the very heart of a computer, the CPU and build up an understanding of exactly how that works in a modern PC by programming the LMC (Little Man Computer) which simulates the low-level fetch-decode-execute cycle of a standard computer chip. Students will then look at the more specialized pieces of hardware allow networks to operate. Finally, students will be taught how to use databases so as to organise information in an efficient manner.


Homework will be set as appropriate. Various tasks will be set, either to follow up work done in class, or to improve students' knowledge on the topic covered. Students will be expected to use the internet or the school network to complete set tasks. Homework will take many forms from preparing presentation work for assessment to completing work started in class.