Computer Science

Curriculum Intent 

The Technology team aim to develop resilient, independent and confident students who have practical and evaluative skills and analytical knowledge in our wide range of vocational subjects. 

Students are encouraged to foster globally-responsible attitudes through investigating materials, technological developments and an understanding of sustainability on a local, national and international level. 

All our subjects include an understanding of how the world works and going forward to anticipate jobs that have not yet even been created. Technology is an ever-expanding discipline that has problem solving at its core, is academic as well as practical, involves learning through doing and we hope above all, enjoyable. 

Gold Standard Teaching and Learning 

  • High expectation of pupil behaviour at all times 
  • Well planned and resourced series of lessons 
  • An expectation that pupils will accept responsibility for their own learning and work independently  
  • User of assessment criteria to be integral in developing students’ autonomy and understanding of their own progression and target setting  
  • Subject specific language to be used by the teacher and students, across both Key Stages, so that the students’ become completely familiar with technical vocabulary in lessons    
  • High demands of pupil involvement and engagement with their learning  
  • A range of practical, oral and written skills 
  • Use of a range of learning strategies to support students of all levels 
  • Stretch and challenge through questioning, modelling and via the variety of tasks set  
  • Assessment for learning  
  • Effective use of summative data to inform short, medium- and long-term planning  
  • DIRT  
  • Regular use of encouragement and rewards to engage and motivate pupils   

Key Stage 4 Overview 

Year 9 

When  What we are Studying?  
Autumn 1  Fundamentals of algorithms and programming 
Autumn 2  Fundamentals of algorithms and programming 
Spring 1  Developing coded solutions 
Spring 2  Programming/testing 
Summer 1  Data Representation 
Summer 2  Programming project 

 

Year 10 

When  What we are Studying? e.g. Topics/Skills etc Component 2 H&SC Services +  
Autumn 1  Computer Systems 
Autumn 2  Programming unit 
Spring 1  Networks 
Spring 2  Networks – Cyber Security 
Summer 1  Ethical, legal issues 
Summer 2  Programming 

 

Year 11 2019-20 

When  What we are Studying?  
Autumn 1  Programming 
Autumn 2  Programming 
Spring 1  Algorithms, Data Representation 
Spring 2  Computer systems, networks 
Summer 1  Ethical, legal issues 

 

Key Stage 4 Examination Overview 

Exam Board Details: AQA 

Qualification Details  

AQA Paper 1: Problem Solving 

AQA Paper 2: Theory 

 

What resources could I buy or borrow that will help my child? 

AQA My Revision Notes 2016 ISBN 9781471886591 

 

What are the key websites or Apps that my child could use? 

AQA Website 

 

What can I do to encourage my child to take a further interest in Computer Science? 

Go to Code.org – try games 

 

What after school or other extracurricular activities are available in Computer Science and when are they? 

Wednesday lunchtime 

Robotics STEM after school on Mondays 

 

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