KS3 Computing

Aims of the subject:

We aim to teach the fundamentals of computational thinking and computing concepts through a creative curriculum.  Pupils learn how to solve problems and communicate their ideas. Students will be introduced to a number of different skills and will make links to different aspects and areas of computing.

Pupils will learn how to speak and write about Computing, evaluate and plan for their own progress and how to solve problems using computational thinking. The main emphasis will be about enjoying the subject while developing a love and curiosity for Computing and computational thinking.

 

Year What will I learn? What will I do?
7 ·         Digital Literacy and eSafety

·         Spreadsheets

·         Computational Thinking

·         Entry in the national Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge

·         Kodu Programming

·         Learn how to use a PC correctly

·         Learn how to use spreadsheets effectively

·         Learn how to think computationally an how to solve problems

·         Write computer programs

8 ·         Scratch 3 programming

·         Data Representation (images)

·         Entry in the national Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge

·         Hardware & software

·         Encryption and code cracking

·         Animation

·         Write computer programs

·         Learn how to think computationally an how to solve problems

·         Learn how data is represented in a computer

·         Learn how to use encryption to encode and decode messages

·         Create animations

9 ·         Building User Interfaces

·         Algorithms & Python Programming

·         Fake news/eSafety/Photoshop/Comic strips

·         Entry in the national Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge

·         Cyber Security

·         Write computer programs

·         Learn how to think computationally an how to solve problems

·         Learn how to identify fake news and the techniques people use to create believable fake news stories.

·         Learn what cyber security is and how to stay safe.

Extra-curricular opportunities

All pupils will be enrolled into the Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award at the start of year 7, progressing onto the Silver and Gold awards as they move through KS3.  This is an internationally recognised set of awards for digital literacy.  Pupils will work through the award as part of their homework time and we ask that parents support us in this process.

How you can support your child’s progress

Please be aware that pupils will be given homework tasks, all of which are an important element of the course. We would be grateful if you could support your child when completing these and bringing them into school on time for the deadlines.