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KS3 Computing

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Course Name: Computing

Curriculum Content

In Year 7 the students study the following topics –

  • Induction
  • Collaborative Working
  • Algorithms and flowcharts
  • What is the Internet?
  • Microbits

In Year 8 the students study the following topics –

  • Hardware unit focusing on input/output devices and storage
  • Encryption
  • Binary
  • Python
  • Networks

In Year 9 the students study the following topics –

  • Algorithms and flowcharts
  • Python
  • What is the Internet?
  • Databases

How Classes are Grouped

Students are grouped in mixed ability.

Students are grouped on ability.

Students are grouped on ability.

Assessment (including homework)

At the end of each unit the students will complete an assessment either written or online.  Homework will be set once a fortnight and typcially does not require a computer.

At the end of each unit the students will complete an assessment either written or online.  Homework will be set once a fortnight and typcially does not require a computer.

At the end of each unit the students will complete an assessment either written or online.  Homework will be set once a fortnight and typcially does not require a computer.

How to Support Your Daughter

Discussions on how you can use IT safely

Explore different collaborative tools together.

Discuss the benefits and drawbacks of different collaborative tools. Encourage involvement in choices made when selecting digital devices for the home.

Practise Scratch as you can download for free –

http://scratch.mit.edu/

Encourage discussion about computer hardware and involve your son in helping to set up new equipment.Look at the home network you might have and identify what each part is doing.

Explore all the features on their mobile phones.

Discuss the use of databases in your own work place and in your day to day life in order that your son can understand the impact they have on running a business.

Provide opportunities for your son to program day to day devices such as the heating and television. Avoid stereotyping Computing as a gender specific subject.

Practise coding by using this site http://www.codecademy.com/