Head of Department: Mr Proddaturi

Computing teaches us how to solve problems by breaking them down into manageable components. In developing our own original solutions, Computing requires us to be both logical and creative. Computing enables us to develop a skillset and mindset which will be useful in literally every other discipline.

The aim of the department is to provide students with the opportunity to embrace technology and to inspire them in this subject.

ICT teaches us to consider all uses of digital technology that exist to help individuals, businesses and organisations use information.

 

Key stage 3 curriculum

The aims of studying Computing at key stage 3 is to challenge our students’ abilities and empowering them with the confidence and skills required to move forward into an ever-expanding world of technology and provide a strong foundation for GCSE.  

 

Year 7:

  Content covered What is being assessed in the end of term exam
Term 1

Understand and write Algorithms

Understand, develop and use Flowchart symbols

Understand E-safety

Knowledge and understanding of Algorithms, e-safety computational thinking and Flowol.
Term 2

Understand and write Algorithms

Understand and use Flowol

Understand and apply Computational thinking skills

Knowledge and understanding of assessment on Algorithms, computational thinking and Flowol.  

 

Term3 Understand and apply Python Programming skills Knowledge and understanding of assessment on    

Python, Algorithm, Flowchart, Computational thinking and E-safety.

Year 8:

  Content covered What is being assessed in the end of term exam
Term 1 Understand and use Spreadsheet Knowledge and understanding of assessment on spreadsheet.
Term 2 Understand and apply Python Programming skills Knowledge and understanding of assessment on Python programming and spreadsheet.
Term3 Understand and explain Understanding Computers  

Understand and use Binary number

 

Understand and apply Python Programming skills

Knowledge and understanding of assessment on   

Python, Algorithm, Computational thinking, Computer Hardware, number system and systems security.

Year 9:

  Content covered What is being assessed in the end of term exam
Term 1 Understand and apply Computational thinking skills  

 

Understand and explain Computer Hardware

 

Understand and use number system

Knowledge and understanding of assessment on   

Computer Hardware, Number systems and Computational thinking.

Term 2 Understand and apply Python Programming skills Knowledge and understanding of assessment on Python programming and spreadsheet.
Term3 Understand and apply Python Programming skills   

Understand and evaluate ethics

 

Understand and explain networks

Understand and explain cyber security.

Knowledge and understanding of all topics learnt this year.

 

Key stage revision

Within Key Stage 3, the department uses a range of techniques such as worked exam questions, provide programming challenges and use independent learning time to improve their understanding.

All students have access to a variety of resources in central resources and links to external resources. Student are also taught how to revise before exams.

 

Key stage 4 curriculum

Students in Key Stage 4 GCSE Computer Science follow OCR specification. Students in KS4 have an opportunity to develop their understanding of IT and follow OCR Cambridge Nationals in IT.

It encourages students to develop their understanding and application of principles and the core concepts in computer science. Students also analyse problems in computational terms and devise creative solutions by designing, writing, testing and evaluating programs. Students pursuing IT develop their knowledge of the digital environment and thus their confidence with IT. 

Year 10:

  Topics What is being assessed in the end of term exam
Term 1 Understand and explain System Architecture  

Understand and apply Computational thinking

 

Understand and use Programming techniques

 

Understand and apply Programming practice Tasks

Assessment on Systems architecture, Storage,  Algorithms, programming techniques, Python and Computational thinking
Term 2 Understand and explain Network, Network Topologies, protocols and layers  

Understand and explain Logic

Understand and explain Interpret, correct or complete algorithms

Understand and explain Systems Software

 

Assessment on   

Systems architecture, Storage, Networks, Algorithms, programming techniques, Python and Computational thinking.

Term3 Understand and explain Systems Security  

 
Understand and implement Data Representation

 

Understand and explain Ethical, Legal, Cultural and Environmental Concerns

Understand and write programs in Python.

Assessment on OCR GCSE Computer Science complete syllabus

 

Year 11:

  Topics What is being assessed in the end of term exam
Term 1 Understand and explain System Architecture  

Understand and write programs in Python.

 

Understand and explain Network, Network Topologies, protocols and layers

Complete syllabus.
Term 2 Review of Networking  

 

Understand and produce robust programs

 

Understand and explain Translators and facilities of languages

 

Understand and explain Systems Software

 

Revision

 

NEA

Complete exam papers for both paper 1 and paper 2.
Term3 Revision External Examinations

 

Key stage 4 revision

The Computing department uses a range of revision techniques including QLA (Question level analysis) from exam cycles to provide personalized learning checklists for students. We use past exam paper questions and a range of activities.

 

Feedback

The Computing department follows the following feedback Standards:

  • Pupils will receive individual and group verbal feedback every single lesson
  • Pupils will receive written feedback typically once every 5-6 lessons. This feedback may be written by the teacher but could also be written by the pupils from an activity planned by the teacher.
  • Students will be formally assessed at the end of every half term.
  • Students will give each other self and peer feedback in lessons in addition to teacher feedback.

 

Ambition and careers

Computing is one of the most important subject in terms of future careers.

The skills, knowledge and understanding students will develop through this qualification are very relevant to both work and further study. They will support them in a range of subject areas such as A Levels in Computer Science, Business or Cambridge Technicals in IT. They can also support their progression into employment through Apprenticeships in areas such as Digital Marketer or Business Administrator

 

Enrichment and Drop Down Days

Digital Leaders is an Enrichment which develops students who have a passion to help Ark Greenwich Free School shape its vision and strategy around the use of technology. Digital Leaders take on leadership roles which provide advice and guidance as to the effectiveness of technology. They make sure that fellow students and their teachers have the skills to use those technologies effectively.

Homework club and drop-in Computing Clinic is run on Wednesday and Thursday lunchtimes. This enables students to ask any questions related to Computing and to clarify any concepts which they did not understand in class. Students may also research and print their homework for their other subjects.

Computing Intervention is an enrichment run for GCSE students on Wednesday and Thursday lunch times. This allows students to develop their confidence in programming and prepare for the GCSE Controlled Assessments. In this small group environment, students can work at their own pace with the support of their teacher. Students may be selected by their teacher or they can opt-in themselves. It equates to over 60 hours of additional learning time and should help students close the gap between their prior attainment and their future goals.

Micro:bit enrichment programme is designed to make learning and teaching easy and fun!. Micro:bit foundation vision is to inspire every child to create their best digital future.

IET Faraday Challenge programme is an is an engineering-based competition for schools. IET Faraday aims to make lessons even more interesting by showing that the learning has real-life applications via case studies that showcase some of the most innovative examples of current engineering and technology from around the world.

The Computer Science and ICT curriculum is supported and developed by a range of Drop Down Day activities:

UK Bebras challenge: The Bebras Computing Challenge introduces computational thinking to students. It is organised in over 40 countries and designed to get students all over the world excited about computing.