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Computing

The computing department has two full time specialist teachers alongside two support staff. We follow the National Curriculum at KS3, where students learn a mix of ICT, computing and digital literacy. Students can then opt to take Computer Science at GCSE, or undertake a vocational route in Creative iMedia. Outcomes for these courses are amongst the best in the country when compared to similar schools.

 

At sixth form, we offer a vocational Cambridge Technical in Digital Media. This is a new and exciting course which looks at the media industry. Students look at how the media industry works and work on different projects around audio visual, audio or print-based products.

Links to SMSC and British Values

Social

As part of the Computing curriculum students are taught to think and produce work that reflects the needs of diverse audiences within our community and the wider community

As students develop their skills in a range software they are challenged to work in groups to find solutions whilst developing respect for the ideas and opinions of others in their team; This is particularly prevalent in the design phase of the task.

Pupils may use paired programming to assist in the development of programming skills and to communicate ideas to each other in a respectful and supportive manner

 

Moral

Through real life case studies, students consider issues surrounding the misuse and access rights to personal data. The use of case studies in ICT encourages students to draw conclusions through evidence rather than their preconceptions whilst allow the students the time to reflect on the origins of their own personal perceptions of a topic.

Pupils consider the effects of social networking and the consequences of cyber bullying, they also consider the legal aspects of ICT including the Data Protection Act, Computer Misuse Act and Copyright legislation. They consider the implications of file sharing and downloading illegally and the penalties for engaging in this type of activity. Pupils also consider the moral aspects of developments in technology including the use of CCTV camera, Speed Cameras and Loyalty Cards.

In Computer Science pupils will learn about the threats to data and the need for cybersecurity, they will also consider  social engineering and the use of malware discussing the effects of these threats on society as a whole

 

Spiritual

Students are continually reflecting on their own lives and the lives of others as they look at various case studies.   Students debate and formulate their own set of values and beliefs through case studies and as they share their own experiences.

Computing provides opportunities for reflection of awe and wonder about the achievements in ICT today and the possibilities for the future.

ICT lets students have the opportunity to reflect on how computers can sometimes perform better in certain activities than people.

To promote students’ spiritual development, their sense of self and their will to achieve, the computing department continually takes the opportunity to praise students for their contribution in lessons.

 

Cultural

Pupils explore how developments in technology have changed our culture, particularly the rise in social networking sites and the ability to communicate instantly across National and International borders.

Computational thinking encourages students to develop and explore their problem solving skills. Computing Empowers students to apply their ICT and computing skills and to gain knowledge of how programming links between subjects for instance maths.

Computing involves the breaking through of linguistic and cultural barriers. It is possible to e-mail or chat across the world and to word process in the mother tongue.

Whilst studying various aspects of computing students are asked to reflect on how different cultures are portrayed on the internet and why or who is portraying them in this way. Students are also challenged to think about how differing cultures access and use the internet and what implications this has on the individual and the culture.

British Values

We promote tolerance through different people’s ideas that may be built on cultural diversity which promotes mutual respect.

Students have the opportunity to work independently and as a team to build resilience and self‐esteem through tasks. When working in groups students are expected to share ideas and resources and encourage and support each other. By promoting high expectations through the setting of ground rules, students are rewarded for positive behaviour.

Courses available to take at KS4 and KS5:

  • KS4: Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia and GCSE Computer Science
  • KS5: Cambridge Technical in Digital Media
  • Year 7 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      Using Computers Effectively, Safely and Responsibly

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      File Management
      Social Networking
      Keeping Data Safe
      Using Email
      Searching the Web

      Assessment

      Mid unit multiple choice test. End of unit assessment portfolio

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      Spreadsheet Modelling

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Computer Modelling
      Creating a Financial Model
      What if Scenarios
      Conditional Formatting and Validation

      Assessment

      Mid unit multiple choice test. End of unit assessment portfolio

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      Computer Crime and Security

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Email Scams
      Hacking
      Protecting personal data
      Copyright
      Health & Safety

      Assessment

      Mid unit multiple choice test. End of unit assessment portfolio

    • 04

      Course Topic(s)

      Understanding Computers

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Elements of a computer
      The CPU
      Understanding Binary
      Binary Addition
      Storage Devices
      Convergence and New Technologies

      Assessment

      Mid unit multiple choice test. End of unit assessment portfolio

    • 05

      Course Topic(s)

      Games Programming with Scratch

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Movement
      Lives and Scoring
      Adding a new level
      Randomising behaviour of sprites
      Shooting and jumping
      Adding sounds

      Assessment

      Mid unit multiple choice test. End of unit assessment portfolio

    How can I support my child?

    Revision materials/support for any exams: Lesson worksheets and teacher slides available on Moodle to help with any assessments during the year.

     

    Equipment required: Use of a computer whether at home or in school ILZ.

     

    Regular activities to undertake: Respond to feedback on moodle

     

    Homework Information

    Homework issued every three lessons.

  • Year 8 Overview
  • Year 9 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      CS: Advanced Python IM: Photoshop Skills

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      CS: Selection, Iteration, Reading and Writing to Files, Creating Functions, Lists, Dictionaries

      IM: Photoshop tools

      Assessment

      CS: Skills portfolio. IM: Assignments with Pass, Merit and Distinction criteria

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      CS: Small Basic IM: R082- Creating a Digital Graphic

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      CS: Outputs, Variables, GUI’s, Logical Operations, Selection, Iteration

      IM: Identifying Purpose and Audiences for a Range of Digital Graphics

      Assessment

      CS: Skills portfolio. IM: Assignments with Pass, Merit and Distinction criteria

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      CS: Programming BBC Microbit IM: R082- Creating a Digital Graphic

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      CS: Sequencing, Selection, Iteration, Interactivity
      IM: Create-Pre Production Materials for a Digital Graphic

      Assessment

      CS: Skills portfolio. IM: Assignments with Pass, Merit and Distinction criteria

    • 04

      Course Topic(s)

      CS: Greenfoot IM: R082- Creating a Digital Graphic

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      CS: Interacting with Greenfoot, Movement and Key Control, Detecting and Removing Actors, Making Methods, Saving the World, Making and Playing Sound, Adding a Randomly Moving Enemy, How to Access One Object From Another
      IM: Create Production Materials for a Digital Graphic

      Assessment

      CS: Skills portfolio. IM: Assignments with Pass, Merit and Distinction criteria

    • 05

      Course Topic(s)

      CS: HTML IM: R082- Creating a Digital Graphic

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      CS: Code webpages/websites with the following tags: Head, Title, Body, Paragraph, Headings, Italic, Bold, Centre Align, Anchor, Unordered list, List Item, Blockquote, Horizontal Rule & Image.
      IM: Carry out Post Production Techniques to Enhance a Digital Graphic

      Assessment

      CS: Skills portfolio. IM: Assignments with Pass, Merit and Distinction criteria

    • 06

      Course Topic(s)

      CS: Little Man Computer IM: R082- Creating a Digital Graphic

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      CS: Design, write, test and refine simple assembly programs using the following mnemonics:
      Input, Output, Store, Load, Add, Subtract, Brand, End and Data Definition.
      IM:

      Assessment

      CS: Skills portfolio. IM: Assignments with Pass, Merit and Distinction criteria

    How can I support my child?

    Revision materials/support for any exams:

    Computer Science: Textbooks provided for free. Past Papers given in lesson. Revision exercise book and flash cards provided.

    Creative iMedia: No exams until Year 11.

     

    Equipment required:

    Access to a PC/Laptop highly recommended. School ILZ available until 4pm each day if this is not possible.

     

    Regular activities to undertake:

    CS: Develop programming skills outside of lesson is highly advantageous.

     

    Homework Information

    Homework issued every three lessons.

  • Year 10 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      CS: Hardware Theory IM: R087- Creating an Interactive Multimedia Product

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      CS: CPU Architecture, Input and Output Devices, Primary Storages Devices, Secondary Storage, Storage Requirements, Additional Hardware Components, Embedded Systems
      IM: Understand the uses and properties of interactive multimedia products

      Assessment

      CS: End of Unit Written Exam. IM: Mock Examinations

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      CS: Logical Operations Theory IM: R087- Creating an Interactive Multimedia Product

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      CS: Logical Operators, Boolean Logic
      IM: Be able to plan the interactive multimedia product

      Assessment

      CS: End of Unit Written Exam. IM: Mock Examinations

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      CS: Communications Theory IM: R087- Creating an Interactive Multimedia Product

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      CS: Networks, Internet
      IM: Be able to create interactive multimedia products

      Assessment

      CS: End of Unit Written Exam. IM: Mock Examinations

    • 04

      Course Topic(s)

      CS: Organisation and Structure of Data Theory IM: R087- Creating an Interactive Multimedia Product

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      CS: Representation of Numbers, Representation of Sound and Graphics, Storage of Characters, Data Types, Data Structures, File Design, Data Validation & Verification
      IM: Be able to review interactive multimedia products

      Assessment

      CS: End of Unit Written Exam. IM: Mock Examinations

    • 05

      Course Topic(s)

      CS: Operating Systems Theory IM: R081: Pre-Production Documents

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      CS: Managing Resources, Providing an Interface, Utility Software
      IM: Understand the purpose and content of pre-production

      Assessment

      CS: End of Unit Written Exam. IM: Mock Examinations

    • 06

      Course Topic(s)

      CS: Principles of Programming, Software Engineering & Program Construction Theory IM: R081: Pre-Production Documents

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      CS: Levels of Computer Language, Software Tools, Compilers, Interpreters and Assemblers
      IM: Be able to plan pre-production

      Assessment

      CS: End of Unit Written Exam. IM: Mock Examinations

    How can I support my child?

    Revision materials/support for any exams:

    Computer Science: Textbooks provided for free. Past Papers given in lesson. Revision exercise book and flash cards provided.

    Creative iMedia: No exams until Year 11.

     

    Equipment required:

    Access to a PC/Laptop highly recommended. School ILZ available until 4pm each day if this is not possible.

     

    Regular activities to undertake:

    CS: Develop programming skills outside of lesson is highly advantageous.

     

    Homework Information

    Homework to be set every 3 lessons. Revision program for terminal exams.

  • Year 11 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      CS: NEA IM: R081: Pre-Production Documents

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      CS: Component 3- Programming Project
      IM: Be able to produce pre-production documents

      Assessment

      CS: External Assessment. IM: Mock Examinations

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      CS: Security and Data Management Theory IM: R081: Pre-Production Documents

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      CS: Data Security, Data Management, Compression, Network Security, Encryption
      IM: Be able to review pre-production documents

      Assessment

      CS: External Assessment. IM: Mock Examinations

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      CS: Ethical, Legal and Environmental Impacts of Digital Technology on Wider Society Theory IM: R089- Creating a Digital Video Sequence

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      CS: Ethical, Legislation, Environmental Issues

      IM: Understand the uses and properties of digital video
      Be able to plan a digital video sequence

      Assessment

      CS: External Assessment. IM: Mock Examinations

    • 04

      Course Topic(s)

      CS: Alogrithms and Programming Constructs IM: R089- Creating a Digital Video Sequence

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      CS: Algorithms, Programming Constructs, Variables, Identifiers, String Handling, Mathematical Operations, Logical Operations, Sorting, Searching
      IM: Be able to create a digital video sequence

      Assessment

      CS: External Assessment. IM: Mock Examinations

    • 05

      Course Topic(s)

      CS: Revision IM: R089- Creating a Digital Video Sequence

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      CS: Past Papers
      IM: Be able to review a digital video sequence

      Assessment

      CS: External Assessment. IM: Mock Examinations

    How can I support my child?

    Revision materials/support for any exams:

    Computer Science: Textbooks provided for free. Past Papers given in lesson. Revision exercise book and flash cards provided.

    Creative iMedia: No exams until Year 11.

     

    Equipment required:

    Access to a PC/Laptop highly recommended. School ILZ available until 4pm each day if this is not possible.

     

    Regular activities to undertake:

    CS: Develop programming skills outside of lesson is highly advantageous.

     

    Homework Information

    Homework to be set every 3 lessons. Revision program for terminal exams.

  • Year 12 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      Unit 1: Media Products and Audiences

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Unit 1:
      Understand the ownership models of media institutions
      Understand how media products are advertised and distributed
      Understand how meaning is created in media products
      Understand the target audiences of media products
      Be able to evaluate research data used by media institutions
      Be able to evaluate legal, ethical and regulatory issues associated with media products

      Assessment

      End of unit assignments External Exam

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      Unit 3: Create a Media Product

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Unit 3:
      Be able to create a proposal with sample material for an original media product to a client brief
      Be able to plan and develop pre-production materials for an original media product to a client brief
      Be able to create production materials for an original media product to a client brief
      Be able to carry out post-production techniques and processes for an original media product to a client brief.

      Assessment

      Assignments with Pass, Merit and Distinction criteria

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      Unit 21: Plan and Deliver a Pitch for a Media Product

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Unit 21:
      Be able to generate ideas for an original media product based on a client brief
      Be able to create a proposal and pitch for an original media product based on a given brief
      Be able to pitch ideas on a proposed media product and respond to questions

      Assessment

      Assignments with Pass, Merit and Distinction criteria

    How can I support my child?

    Revision materials/support for any exams:

    Students are provided with textbooks and past papers to prepare for any exams.

     

    Equipment required:

    Textbook (provided)

     

    Regular activities to undertake:

    Complete ongoing assignments

     

    Self-Study Information

    Students will have a substantial assignment to complete each week. Students are expected to build on skills learnt in the classroom and complete assignments outside of lesson.

  • Year 13 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      Unit 2: Pre-Production and Planning

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Unit 2:
      Understand the factors that need to be considered during the planning of a media product.
      Be able to interpret client requirements and target audience considerations.
      Be able to plan the pre-production of a media product.
      Be able to create and evaluated pre-production documents for a new media product.

      Assessment

      End of unit assignments External Exam

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      Unit 20: Advertising Media

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Unit 20:
      Know how existing advertising campaigns embed advertisements across a range of media products.
      Be able to plan a cross-media advertising campaign to a client brief.
      Be able to produce the planned media components.

      Assessment

      Assignments with Pass, Merit and Distinction criteria

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      Unit 23: Create a Personal Media Profile

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Unit 23:
      Understand the purpose and use of a personal media profile.
      Be able to scope and plan content for a personal media profile.
      Be able to repurpose content and create the personal media profile.

      Assessment

      Assignments with Pass, Merit and Distinction criteria

    How can I support my child?

    Revision materials/support for any exams:

    Students are provided with textbooks and past papers to prepare for any exams.

     

    Equipment required:

    Textbook (provided)

     

    Regular activities to undertake:

    Complete ongoing assignments

     

    Self-Study Information

    Students will have a substantial assignment to complete each week. Students are expected to build on skills learnt in the classroom and complete assignments outside of lesson.

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