Computer Science

In Year 7 students will study the fundamentals of Computing and Computer Science. These fundamentals will boost IT Skills as well as exploring how to nstay safe while online and using technology.

Students will work through different topics and engage in practical tasks, discussion, group work and homework. Each topic is designed to develop a balance of practical skills, knowledge and understanding.

These fundamentals are then built upon in Year 8 by delving deeper into what computing and computer science is all about. This includes working more collaboratively on some projects and combining skills to lock in those fundamental skills.

Year 7

Introduction to Academy IT systems; E-safety

Throughout this first topic students will explore the basic use of a computer and file management techniques From this, students will work on collecting and presenting information on the use of search engines, world wide web and online services and how to communicate safely online with each of these. Students will also build knowledge on online identity and privacy.

Computational Thinking

Students will look at the four main areas of computational thinking to aid them in further understanding, a practice which can be used both across the subject and in everyday life. Students will learn how to decompose a problem, think abstractly, identify pattern recognition and create and solve algorithms. Students will then put these new skills into practice throughout their years of computing as well as within other subjects.

Computer Systems

This topic allows students to understand the history of computers and how they function inside and out. Students will look at the hardware and software that provides computer functionality whilst also exploring ciphers and security. Students will build upon their fundamental computing skills through each unit.

Computers and the Law

Students will explore the ethical issues surrounding the application of information technology and the existence of legal frameworks governing its use, such as the Data Protection Act, Computer Misuse Act and Copyright Act.

Recap and Review

Students will revisit each topic and recap their fundamental skills throughout their studies. This includes routine assessments throughout the year to help show understanding and

learning capabilities. During recap and review, students are given time to revise previous learning within the topic and broaden their understanding.

Year 8

Computational thinking, Algorithms and Programming

Students will revisit computational thinking but with new possibilities and outcomes in relation to programming; students will do this using the Python programming language. Fundamentals will be re-explored and used throughout the unit. Students will have the chance to learn how to create their own algorithms and apply this to a programming language, using computational thinking.

Spreadsheets and Data

Students will explore how to analyse specific data and combine their IT Skills through use of Excel. Students will be given a scenario through which they must learn how to create their own financial model, record information and use a range of Excel skills to log and present the information.

Computer Systems and Binary Logic

Students will briefly revisit computer hardware and software; this is to check their understanding of important hardware and software components and how they will then connect to binary logic. Students will explore what binary is, how it relates to technology and how to convert between specific values.

Multimedia

During this unit students will explore digital artefacts using complex search techniques and understand the companionship with logic operators. Students will then combine their research with the inclusion of multimedia products and software. Students will work collaboratively within a group to create a demonstration of this understanding in forms of a project.

Recap and Review

Students will revisit each topic and recap their fundamental skills throughout their studies, this includes routine assessments throughout the year to help show understanding and learning capabilities. During recap and review, students are given time to revise previous learning within the topic and broaden their understanding.