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Computer Science with ICT

At Addey and Stanhope school we are aware that Computer Science and ICT is a fast-growing sector in the employment industry, therefore we are ensuring that our students have a robust Computer Science with ICT curriculum, allowing them to be ready for transition into further education, work-based apprenticeship courses and in some instances take on employment which requires the application of these skills. At Addey and Stanhope school students are taught Computer Science with ICT from KS3 and have the choice of studying Computer Science as an option subject in KS4.

Our Approach

Although we follow the National Curriculum for Computer Science, the students use ICT and will also study some specific ICT topics during KS3. For example, during year 9 we have adapted the curriculum so that it is able to meet a variety of educational needs. The students are taught the theoretical topics about computer networks and how to code simple systems which leans heavily on the key topics from the Computer Science curriculum. However, the students also have the opportunity to plan, design, develop, test and evaluate a website about a product or topic of their choice. This in turn help them develop essential skills needed in working world and to be functional members of society. This is because they are invited to bring in their own outside interests, in the creation of web products which reflect their own motivations. This way we can guarantee that whilst lessons are being learned, they are also being enjoyed and relevant in providing them with the skills needed in our ever-changing world.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

In Year 7 the students have 55 minutes of Computer Science with ICT per week. They are taught about the ethical aspects of Computer Science and ICT and the first unit covers E-safety. The next key focus in Year 7 is image manipulation and video editing. They will be using several different programs and techniques to present on topics studied in the E-safety unit. The students will then move on to study spreadsheet and will develop skills such as how to enter data into a spreadsheet, use of formula and functions and how to use spreadsheet to model real life scenarios. They will then move on to study topics that are more geared to the Computer Science curriculum such as the Computer Systems development, binary and coding using the BBC Micro bit. The final unit in year 7 is - The use of email on computer networks.

Students are assessed throughout the unit and at the end of each unit, via combination of teacher and self – assessment.

Year 8

In Year 8 the students have 55 minutes of Computer Science with ICT per week. The first term in Year 8 is centred around the students covering a technology unit, with the use of ICT and variety of Microsoft Office software as a medium of presenting their work. The students will be learning about the different parts of a computer system and the different types of software

that are available including their functions in a computer. They then go on to study the development of algorithms and pseudo code before going on to code mini systems using Visual Basic and Python.

Students are assessed throughout the unit and at the end of each unit, via combination of teacher and self – assessment.

Year 9

Students have 55 minutes of Computer Science with ICT per week. The first term of Computer Science is focussed on the students covering a Networking Unit. Again, they will be using various Microsoft Office Software to present their work. They will then move on to plan, design, develop, test and evaluate a website. The students will then continue to develop on the programming techniques that they studied in year 8 and will start coding more complex systems using Visual Basic and Python.

KS4 – Year 10 and 11

In KS4, we offer GCSE Computer Science to students who chose to study it as an option subject for their GCSE. This is a 2 years course and will cover all topics in the OCR GCSE curriculum for Computer Science. Students will have 3 lessons of Computer Science per week, with each lesson lasting 55 minutes. The course covers 3 main units of work, which are: Computer Systems, Computational Thinking and Programming.

The course is assessed by students writing two exam papers. The grade they attain in the end is based solely on the written exams.

However, they are also required to spend 20 hours completing a programming project, with evidence of the time and completed work getting submitted to the examination board. No grade is assigned to this piece of work, but it is formal requirement of the course.

You can access further information and a breakdown of the schemes of work covered by all students studying Computer Science at Addey and Stanhope School by clicking here.