Subject Leader: Mrs S Wiltshire
Level of Teaching: KS3 and KS4
KS3 Computing topics studied:
Year 7: Introduction to the St Mark’s network, esafety and the Acceptable Use of ICT Policy, What is a computer? (Hardware/software), Computer Literacy: How to use email professionally, What is binary?, Information, Reliability and Bias (Using search engines effectively), Computer Programming using Scratch and Small Basic
Year 8: Understanding computers (Hardware/Software/Networks), Cybersecurity, Computer Programming using Small Basic, Modelling using spreadsheets for problem solving/computational thinking, Creating databases using Access – sorting/filtering using algorithms, Computer Programming using Scratch.
Year 9: esafety, Understanding computers (Hardware/Software/Networks/CPU and the Fetch-Execute-Decode Cycle), Binary, Computer Programming using Small Basic, Modelling using spreadsheets for problem solving/computational thinking, Creating websites using Dreamweaver, Creating web graphics using Fireworks, Image Editing using Serif or planning an event using computational thinking.
KS4 – GCSE Computing (not running as an Option choice at the moment)
Exam Board: OCR GCSE Computing
Computing focuses students on the technical aspects of IT with a specific emphasis on computer programming. For this reason students who have a particular strength in logic/mathematics will enjoy the course. Students use their knowledge and understanding of computer technology to become independent and discerning users of IT, able to make informed decisions about the use and be aware of the implications of different technologies.
Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)
GCSE in Computing will enable learners to:
- Develop their understanding of current and emerging technologies, understanding of how they work and apply this knowledge and understanding in a range of contexts
- Acquire and apply knowledge, some technical skills and an understanding of the use of algorithms in computer programs to solve problems using programming
- Use their knowledge and understanding of computer technology to become independent and discerning users of ICT, able to make informed decisions about its use, and aware of the implications of different technologies
- Acquire and apply creative and technical skills, knowledge and understanding of ICT in a range of contexts
- Develop computer programs to solve problems
- Develop the skills to work collaboratively
- Evaluate the effectiveness of computer programs/solutions and the impact of and issues related to the use of computer technology in society.
Key stage 5 – taught at The New Sixth