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Yewlands Academy

ICT

Key stage 3 – Computer Science

Students will learn new software skills and programming languages, applying what they have learnt through milestone tasks, similar to those at KS4, in order to better prepare them for the demands of GCSE work. Students will mostly work independently, monitoring their progress and showcasing their achievements electronically, though collaboration is encouraged through peer teaching and effective communication with partners and groups. We are working to develop our language for learning and embed 5* learning skills into every lesson. 

 

Year 7 

In Year 7, students study ICT and Computing. At the start of the year all students sit a base line test. This enables us to get an understanding of what skills they have learnt from primary school. Also allows us to support students with their learning.  

Students will be introduced to basic software: Word Processing and Presentation to ensure they meet expected competencies for KS3 work and that they are ICT work ready. Students will also study the following subject areas:

  • E-Safety
  • Understanding computers
  • Computer Graphics
  • Computer programming (Scratch)
  • Application development.

Students will then learn how a computer works which has links to Computer Science in KS4. This will cover: 

  • Parts of a computer 
  • Input/Output Devices 
  • Storage devices 
  • Basic binary 
  • Some basic programming skills 

 

Year 8 

In year 8 the students will be re-covering skills that they have learnt in year 8 and developing new skills that are linked to computer science and skills they need for everyday life.

They will be learning about the following:

  • Cybercrime
  • Understanding computers – Taking computers apart and fixing them.
  • Python
  • BBC Microbit
  • HTML Website building
  • Application development.

 

Year 9 

In year 9 the students will be re-covering skills that they have learnt in year 7 and 8. Also developing new skills that are linked to computer science and potential options for year 10.

They will be learning about the following:

  • Cybercrime
  • Understanding computers
  • Python
  • BBC Microbit
  • Gaming / Animation
  • A project based on potential options for year 10 to give the students a taster.

 

iMedia 

Students will study different aspects of media. Whilst graphics is compulsory, other units may include multimedia, video, audio, business documents etc. Students will learn the importance of planning documents in media creation. 

The current course is broken up into 4 sections.

  

GCSEs 9-1: 

 

Computing 

Students will learn all about computing theory, how computers work as well as how to become programmers and complete investigatory work into different scenarios. Currently using Python as a programming language, students learn how to create a range of functional programs. The course ends in 2x written exams at the end of Year 11. 

 

Extended learning 

 

Clubs: 

We have many after school sessions each week for Year 10 and 11 students to complete their coursework and work closely with ICT staff for extra support. 

Through the LRC, there is the opportunity for students to learn Adobe software, play Scratch and to learn how to make their own computer games for KS3 and 4 at break-times, lunch and after school. 

On a Tuesday morning we have a games club aimed at year 7s. Also during break time U18 is open to year 7 students to support them with any homework.

 

Useful Links 

 

ICT games: www.reviseict.co.uk

Cambridge Nationals - Creative iMedia Level 1/2 Award/Certificate - J807, J817 - OCR

Micro:bit Educational Foundation | micro:bit (microbit.org)

Variables and Types - Learn Python - Free Interactive Python Tutorial

GCSE - Computer Science (9-1) - J277 (from 2020) - OCR

 

ICT Curriculum Plan