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Computing Curriculum Intent

 

  • To provide students with the fundamental skills, knowledge and understanding needed to become digitally literate and a responsible member of the online community.
  • To provide students with the fundamental IT skills, knowledge and understanding needed to engage, work, and thrive in an ever-changing digital world.
  • To provide students with the fundamental computational skills, knowledge and understanding needed to understand how digital devices work, using skills applicable to everyday life.

Year 7

Year 7 - 1 lesson per week

In Year 7 students will develop the generic but fundamental skills required to:

  • Use a computer and other digital devices.  This includes how to use basic office software for work skills purposes.
  • Use programming software. This includes an introduction to algorithms and computational thinking.
  • Define one’s self-image and identity and their digital self-image and identity.

As in all years, students learn how to use the Internet safely and how to report varying types of potential online issues. This includes any hot topics that arise at the time.

 

  Topic Focus
Autumn 1 Digital Literacy & Information Technology

Using a Computer & The Internet

Baselining

Autumn 2 Computer Science Introduction to algorithms and coding
Spring 1 Digital Literacy & Information Technology Using devices & security settings
Spring 2 Computer Science

Code.org

Computer Science Fundamentals

Summer 1 Digital Literacy Self-Image & Identity
Summer 2 Computer Science

Scratch

Introduction and Fundamentals

 

Year 8 & 9

Year 8/9 - 2 lessons per week

Over the course of 2 years (cycle 1 & 2) students in Years 8 and 9 will develop the skills learnt in year 7 and apply them to more complex scenarios and real life situations. These skills include:

  • How to use more office programs including more online applications and how to create documents used in everyday life.
  • Creating more complex programs in Scratch and using other programming software, learning skills such as loops, lists, and planning algorithms/programs.
  • How to manage online information and data, and how to identify and manage one’s mental health and wellbeing.

As in all years, students learn how to use the Internet safely and how to report varying types of potential online issues. This includes any hot topics that arise at the time.

Cycle 1 Topic Focus
Autumn 1 Digital Literacy Online Relationships & Online Reputation
Autumn 2 Information technology Using Microsoft Office
Spring 1 Computer Science Scratch: building on introduction and fundamentals
Spring 2 Digital Literacy Online Bullying
Summer 1 Computer Science Code.org – Computer Science Discoveries
Summer 2 Computer Science Code.org – Computer Science Discoveries

 

Cycle 2 Topic Focus
Autumn 1 Digital Literacy Managing Online Information & Health, Well-being & Lifestyle
Autumn 2 Information Technology Explore a Topic with Research and Collaboration
Spring 1 Computer Science Creating & designing robotics
Spring 2 Computer Science Code.org – Computer Science Discoveries
Summer 1 Digital Literacy Privacy & Security & Copyright & Ownership
Summer 2 Computer Science Code.org – Computer Science Discoveries

 

Year 10 & 11

QUALIFICATION & Assessment: Edexcel Functional Skills - Entry Level 1 to Foundation Level 1/2   

In Years 10 and 11 students focus on gaining a qualification in Functional Skills ICT (from entry levels to functional skills). Previously learnt skills are built upon to ensure our students leave with digital life skills and in most cases a qualification as well. The skills needed for the exams include: 

  • Using the Internet for research whilst checking for reliability. 

  • Using the Internet for professional communications via E-mail. 

  • Using Microsoft Office software to create documents following work life briefs at a standard that could be used in a professional environment. 

As in all years, students learn how to use the Internet safely and how to report varying types of potential online issues. This includes any hot topics that arise at the time.

Year 10 Topic Focus
Autumn Functional Skills Microsoft Word & Excel
Spring Functional Skills Internet Research and Practical Solutions
Summer Functional Skills Revision & Mock Exam

 

Year 11 Topic Focus
Autumn Functional Skills Microsoft Word & Excel
Spring Functional Skills Revision and Mock Exam
Summer Functional Skills & Project Exam & Year 11 Media Project

 

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