Computing

Overview for Year 7:

In year 7, we aim to give students an enjoyable experience of both practical skills and introduce them to theory aspects of ICT. We introduction them to textual based programming as well as covering a wide range skills in applications such as spreadsheets and databases.

Units of Work Covered in Year 7:

Term One

Term Two

Term Three

Safety of information and

communication technology

Spreadsheet Modelling

Programming

Using Big Track

Programming

Using Scratch

Programming

 Using Small Basic 

 


What parents can do to help:

Make your child aware of how to stay safe when on the Internet. Visit websites with them and discuss with them the dangers of giving personal information on the internet.

Help them by discussing what type of character they could create on Scratch for them to animate – sketch a few characters on paper.

Discuss how spreadsheets can be useful to a scientist, shopkeeper, banker and other professionals. Create a spreadsheet for household expenses – a budget planner.

Discuss what kind of activities that are done in order and why it is important to carry them out in a particular way. (e.g. following a manual to set-up Wi-fi)

Creating a set of instructions to make a Sandwich or a cup of tea. Discuss why it is important to things in logical order.

Useful Websites:

www.digizen.org

www.childnet.com

www.ceop.gov.uk

www.teachict.com

Overview for Year 8:

In year 8 students continue to study various units of work of ICT and Computing. As they enter the second year of ICT, we begin to introduce various software and extend their skills in ICT and Computing.

Units of Work Covered in Year 8:

Term One

Term Two

Term Three

Web design-E-Safety

 

Game Making- Kudo

Data Handling - Mobile Phones

Programming- Python 

Micro:bit - Programming

 


What parents can do to help:

  • Make your child aware of how to stay safe online i.e. Facebook, privacy settings.  Discuss with them that downloading music/games or opening unknown files can lead to catching a computer virus.
  • Look at online databases i.e. Amazon and eBay and discuss the way it is organised.
  • To look at various games, and discuss the style/interactivity, way it is designed, animation, sounds and special effects and so on.
  • Discuss why it is important to do things in a logical order for example making a cake, making a cup of tea, driving a car.
  • To watch the videos and tutorials on the links provided and try out the exercises.

Useful Websites:

www.digizen.org

www.childnet.com

www.ceop.gov.uk

www.teachict.com

https://www.microbit.co.uk/home

 

Overview for Year 9:

In year 9 we aim to give students an overview of the skills they will need throughout the key stage and a sound basis on which to continue studying ICT or Computing at GCSE level should they choose to do so. Students will delve inside computers, learning what they consist of and how they work. They will be introduced to ASCII & Binary and how numbers can be represented and be able to carry out simple operations

 
Units of Work Covered in Year 9:

Term One

Term Two

Term Three

E-Safety Multimedia Product

Computer Systems

 

Sorting and Algorithms

Programming

Python

Logic Gates

 

Graphics-Movie Poster


What parents can do to help: 

  • Discuss the dangers of giving personal information on the internet and the consequences of misusing a social network website.
  • Look at magazines, posters leaflets and how graphics software is used to create the different effects and increase appeal to a target audience.
  • Discuss the way we sort items out, what methods we use and how that method
  • Encourage SAM Learning and TEACH ICT online activities.

 
Useful Websites:

www.digizen.org

www.thinkuknow.co.uk

www.teachict.com

www.samlearning.com

 

ICT-Computer-Science-Year-7.pdf

ICT-Digital-Literacy-Year-7.pdf

ICT-Information-Technology-Year-7.pdf

ICT-Computer-Science-Year-8.pdf

ICT-Digital-Literacy-Year-8.pdf

ICT-Information-Technology-Year-8.pdf

ICT-Computer-Science-Year-9.pdf

ICT-Digital-Literacy-Year-9.pdf

ICT-Information-Technology-Year-9.pdf