Curriculum Overview at KS3
At Key Stage 3 pupils follow the new Computer Science framework studying the three strands of Computing: Computer Science; Information Technology and Digital Literacy through a series of fun, pupil-friendly scenario-based modules to help pupils develop the skills they need to be confident computer scientists. The curriculum is designed to prepare pupils for KS4 Computing, ICT and to give them life skills using digital technologies.
Pupils are allocated 1 hour per week with 1 computer per pupil
Year 7 – Spreadsheets, Binary, E-safety, Working with data to improve the environment, Scratch programming and Kodu coding.
Year 8 – Introduction to Python programming, Hardware and Software, Intermediate Binary, Intermediate spreadsheets, Databases and Flash animation.
Year 9 – Advanced Python programming, HTML coding and websites, Advanced computing, Computers and Networks, App Inventor and Photoshop.
Overview in Years 10 and 11
Course Leader for ICT: Miss N Latham
Course Leader for Computer Science: Miss N Latham
At key stage 4 pupils have the option to study for the Computing GCSE where they learn theories of Computing and develop Python programming skills. The course gives students a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. It provides excellent preparation for higher study and employment in the field of computer science. Students who've taken a GCSE in Computing and who then progress to study the subject at A Level or university will have an advantage over their colleagues who are picking up the subject at these levels.
The course will develop critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving, giving students a fun and interesting way to develop these skills.
Pupils can also choose to study Edexcel ICT GCSE which develops their digital media, modelling, websites and current digital skills and knowledge. This will be withdrawn from Teaching beginning September 2018, due to government decisions.
Both courses are delivered by ICT and Computer Science specialists and have 3 hour lessons each week in Years 10 and 11.
Overview of Business Studies in Years 10 and 11
Course Leader for Business: Mrs P Walsh
OCR Business Studies is offered at GCSE level. Pupils learn about the diverse nature of Business. They gain an understanding of different types of business ownerships and how staff are recruited, trained and motivated. The marketing module investigates how products are promoted and priced in competitive markets. The Finance module gives pupils an understanding of how a business can generate income and, at the same time, be affected by changes in the economy. The programme gives learners a more in-depth look into how business works and prepares them well for a range of post-16 qualifications requiring report writing, research and analysis.