Computing, Computer Science and IT

“Students will develop a wide range of fundamental skills, knowledge and understanding that will equip them for the rest of their lives. They will learn the art form of ‘Computational Thinking’ in order to provide the essential skills that will enable them to participate effectively and safely in the digital world beyond school.”

Term 1

Understand the hardware and software components that make up computer systems, and how they communicate with one another and in computer systems.
Homework: The history of computing, research the early days of computing.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experience that relate to this would be hugely beneficial.

 

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Term 2

Understand a range of ways to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely, including protecting their online identity and privacy; recognise inappropriate content, contact and conduct and know how to report concerns. Homework will be to design entries for the  e-safety competition. They will then design, use and evaluate computational abstractions that model the state and behaviour of real-world problems and physical systems using database and spreadsheet applications.
Homework: Practice examination questions for the assessment.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experience that relate to this would be hugely beneficial.

 

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Term 3

Undertake creative projects that involve selecting, using, and combining multiple applications, preferably across a range of devices, to achieve challenging goals, including collecting and analysing data and meeting the needs of known users.
Homework: Collect, prepare and plan resources for the project.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experience that relate to this would be hugely beneficial.

 

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Year 8

Term 1

Understand the hardware and software components that make up computer systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems on networks. Programming using Gamemaker to create a computer game appropriate to their age
Homework: Create resources for their game.
How to help: Discussion of age appropriate games and sharing of any experience that relate to this would be hugely beneficial.

Term 2

Understand a range of ways to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely, including protecting their online identity and privacy; recognise inappropriate content, contact and conduct and know how to report concerns. Design, use and evaluate computational abstractions that model the state and behaviour of real world problems and physical systems using advanced database and spreadsheet applications.
Homework: Design entries for the e-safety competition.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experience that relate to this would be hugely beneficial.

 

See website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/levels/z4kw2hv

Term 3

Undertake creative projects that involve selecting, using, and combining multiple applications, preferably across a range of devices, to achieve challenging goals, including collecting and analysing data and meeting the needs of known users.
Homework: Collect, prepare and plan resources for the project.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experience that relate to this would be hugely beneficial.

 

See website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/levels/z4kw2hv

Year 9

Term 1

Advanced programming using  Python and Raspberry Pi.
Understand the hardware and software components that make up computer systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems on networks. Understand how different types of software are used to make computers work, improve their security and for work or
entertainment. Advanced programming using Python.
Homework: Collect, prepare and plan resources for the project.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experience that relate to this would be hugely beneficial.

 

See website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/levels/z4kw2hv

Term 2

Understand a range of ways to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely, including protecting their online identity and privacy; recognise inappropriate content, contact and conduct and know how to report concerns.
Homework: Design entries for the e-safety competition.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experience that relate to this would be hugely beneficial.

 

See website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/levels/z4kw2hv

Term 3

Understand simple Boolean logic [for example, AND, OR and NOT] and some of its uses in circuits and programming; understand how numbers can be able to carry out simple operations on binary numbers.

 

Undertake creative projects that involve selecting, using, and combining multiple applications, preferably across a range of devices, to achieve challenging goals, including collecting and analysing data and meeting the needs of known users. Homework will be to practice examination questions for the assessment.

Homework: Practice examination questions for the assessment.

Year 10

Term 1

The students will be studying OCR GCSE Computer Science (J277). Students are introduced to the complexities of the central processing unit (CPU), the Von Neumann Architecture, computer memory and storage, wired and wireless networks, network topologies, system security and system software. It also looks at ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns associated with computer science.
Homework: Students prepare for the examination in Y11. Homework will be to practice examination questions for the assessment.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experience that relate to this would be hugely beneficial.See website: http://www.ocr.org.uk/

Term 2

Students apply knowledge and understanding gained in component 1. They develop skills and understanding in computational thinking: algorithms, programming techniques, producing robust programs, computational logic, translators and data representation. The skills and knowledge developed within this component will support the learner when completing component 2 and the programming projects.
Homework: Students prepare for the examination in Y11. Homework will be to practice examination questions for the assessment.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experience that relate to this would be hugely beneficial.

 

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Term 3

Students use OCR practice assessment tasks to demonstrate their practical ability in the skills developed in components 01 and 02. In a controlled environment they will, define success criteria from a given problem, and then create suitable algorithms to achieve success criteria. Students then code their solutions in a suitable programming language, and check its functionality using a suitable and documented test plan.

 

Students prepare for the examination in Y11.

Homework: Practice examination questions for the assessment.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experience that relate to this would be hugely beneficial.

 

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Year 11

Term 1

Students revisit the work in Y10 and deepen their knowledge and understanding of the central processing unit (CPU), computer memory and storage, wired and wireless networks, network topologies, system security, system software, ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns
associated with computer science.
Homework: Students prepare for the examination in Y11. Homework will be to practiceexamination questions for the assessment.
How to help:  Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experience that relate to this would be hugely beneficial.

 

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Term 2

They further develop their skills and understanding in computational thinking: algorithms, programming techniques, producing robust programs, computational logic, translators and data representation. The skills and knowledge developed within this component will support the learner when completing the component 03 programming project.
Homework: Students prepare for the examination in Y11. Homework will be to practice examination questions for the assessment.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experience that relate to this would be hugely beneficial.

 

See website: http://www.ocr.org.uk/

Term 3

Students use OCR practice assessment tasks to demonstrate their practical ability in the skills developed in components 01 and 02. In a controlled environment they will, define success criteria from a given problem, and then create suitable algorithms to achieve success criteria. Students then code their solutions in a suitable programming language, and check its functionality using a suitable and documented test plan.

 

Students prepare for the examination in Y11.

Homework: Practice examination questions for the assessment.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experience that relate to this would be hugely beneficial.

 

See website: http://www.ocr.org.uk/

Year 12

At Key Stage 5 at KRS we follow the Level 3 Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in IT, which consists of a wide range of units such as installing hardware, creating a website, identifying an IT fault, computer animation and e-commerce. They are an ideal foundation for learners entering the workplace, providing them with a theoretical background reinforced with practical skills that transfer into the modern workplace.

Term 1

In Year 12 Autumn term, the pupils study the hardware used to make up all computer systems. They design a computing solution for a client and then build a PC from parts. They then load and configure all of the software necessary to configure the computer for their chosen client with a view to testing and considering preventive maintenance procedures. The assessment is coursework, marked by KRS and moderated by OCR.
Homework: Research and gathering resources for their work in class.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experience that relate to this would be hugely beneficial.

 

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Term 2

In Year 12 Spring term the pupils study software to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding to successfully install or upgrade a wide range of software, including operating systems and application software. It will enable them to select and use appropriate utility software to carry out maintenance activities. In addition, they will be able to ascertain end user requirements in order to plan and carry out installation, upgrades and/or maintenance activities.
The assessment is coursework, marked by KRS and moderated by OCR.
Homework: Research and gathering resources for their work in class.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experience that relate to this would be hugely beneficial.

 

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Term 3

In Year 12 Summer term the emphasis is to give students the practical ability to plan, implement and maintain computer networks. The approach adopted by this unit is ‘bottom up’ where they begin with a solid set of components, cables and connectors of a network and then
progressively build a networking capability. The range of protocols has been deliberately limited to those which are used in the vast majority of computer networks, TCP/IP and Ethernet. The assessment is coursework, marked by KRS and moderated by OCR.
Homework: Research and gathering resources for their work in class.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experience that relate to this would be hugely beneficial.

 

See website: http://www.ocr.org.uk/

Year 13

All year

The students study 4 of the 41 available units depending on their chosen pathway. The assessment is
coursework, marked by KRS and moderated by OCR.
Homework: Research and gathering resources for their work in class.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experience that relate to this would be hugely beneficial.

 

See website: http://www.ocr.org.uk/