Curriculum

COMPUTER SCIENCE

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.
Curriculum Overview
Year 7 Year 8
  • Problem solving
  • Programming
  • Python programming
  • BBC Microbit Programming
  • Data
  • Computers
  • Communication and the internet
  • Problem solving
  • Programming
  • Python programming
  • Data
  • Computers
  • Communication and the internet
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
Component 01: Computer systems

  • Central processing unit (CPU)
  • Computer memory and storage
  • Wired and wireless networks
  • Network topologies
  • System security and system software
  • Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns associated with computer science.

Component 02: Computational thinking

  • Algorithms
  • Programming techniques
  • Producing robust programs
  • Computational logic
  • Translators and data representation
Programming Project

  • Define success criteria from a given problem
  • Create suitable algorithms to achieve the success criteria
  • Code solutions in a suitable programming language
  • Check functionality using a suitable and documented test plan
  • Evaluate the success of solution and reflect on potential developments for the future

 

  • 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 Computer Science

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.

Useful Resources and Revision Support