Curriculum

Computing & IT

The computing curriculum teaches pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to solve problems. They will learn the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to create programs and systems of their own. As a result, our pupils will become responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.

At Key Stage 4, pupils will have the option to study a GCSE in Computer Science or the Cambridge Nationals Level 1/2 Certificate in Creative iMedia.

Curriculum Overview
Year 7 Year 8
  • Basic Problems
  • Written Descriptions
  • Flowcharts
  • Basic pseudo code syntax
  • Arithmetic Operators
  • Loops and Nested IF’s
  • Sorting and Searching Algorithms
  • Command Sequence
  • Code Readability
  • Strings and Functions
  • User Input and Validation
  • Binary and Analogue
  • Representing Information
  • Hexadecimal
  • Representation of sound
  • Data Compression
  • Encryption
  • Hardware and Software
  • Networks
  • Construct, Selection and Iteration
  • Using Relational Operators
  • Concatenation and sequence
  • Identifying errors
  • Infinite loops
  • Computational Thinking
  • Data types and variables
  • Variable Initialisation
  • Advanced Strings and Functions
  • Two-dimensional arrays
  • Reading and Writing from files
  • Subprograms
  • Testing and Evaluation
  • Sign and Magnitude
  • Binary, Denary and Hexadecimal
  • Recording sound waves
  • Data Storage and compression
KS4 Option Choice 1: OCR GCSE Computer Science (J276)
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • Problem Solving: Algorithms, Decomposition and Abstraction
  • Python Programming: Develop Code, Constructs, Data Types and Structures, Input/Output, Operators, Subprograms
  • Data: Binary, Data Representation, Data Storage and Compression, Encryption, Databases
  • Computers: Machines and Computational Modelling, Hardware, Logic, Software, Programming Languages
  • Communication and the Internet: Networks, Network security, the Internet and the World Wide Web
  • The Bigger Picture: Emerging Trends, Issues and Impact
  • Problem Solving: Algorithms, Decomposition and Abstraction
  • Python Programming: Develop Code, Constructs, Data Types and Structures, Input/Output, Operators, Subprograms
  • Data: Binary, Data Representation, Data Storage and Compression, Encryption, Databases
  • Computers: Machines and Computational Modelling, Hardware, Logic, Software, Programming Languages
  • Communication and the Internet: Networks, Network security, the Internet and the World Wide Web
  • The Bigger Picture: Emerging Trends, Issues and Impact
  • Computer Science Non-Examined Component
  • N/A – pupils sit their GCSE exams at the end of Year 10
KS4 Option Choice 2: Cambridge Nationals Level 1/2 Certificate in Creative iMedia
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • Pre-production skills
  • Creating digital graphics

Pupils will be able to choose from 2 of the following modules:

  • R083: Creating 2D and 3D digital characters
  • R084: Storytelling with a comic strip
  • R085: Creating a multi-page website
  • R086: Creating a digital animation
  • R087: Creating interactive multimedia products
  • R088/R089: Creating a digital sound sequence or creating a digital video sequence
  • R090: Digital photography
  • R091: Designing a game concept
  • R092: Developing digital games
  • N/A – pupils sit their GCSE exams at the end of Year 10
Assessment

Internal assessments take place every half-term.

KS4 Exam Board Specification: OCR GCSE Computer Science (J276) or Cambridge Nationals Level 1/2 Certificate in Creative iMedia (J817)

Enrichment Offer

The Department offers subject-specific enrichment clubs and pupils are able to use the Academy’s state-of-the-art IT facilities at both lunchtime and after school. Pupils are able to take part in school-wide competitions, as well as representing the Academy in local and national competitions designed to increase their engagement and enhance their subject knowledge. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.