KS3 Computing

 

A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology. It provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, students are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.

Students have 2 lessons over 2 weeks

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Year 7

The Network & Email, Frog Virtual Learning environment,
Cyber-Safety

Spy School
How computers work
Binary and Control
Adventure Story

Scratch
Repeating Patterns
Pivot Stick

Year 8

Cyber-Safety

Technology
Interactive quiz

HTML
Faircop database

Binary
Computing in shops

Year 9

Cyber-Safety
Networks 
Computational Thinking

Databases
How the web works
Python

Ethical and Legal issues in Computing
Website production

 Outside the classroom

Pupils are encouraged to visit:London's Science Museum new technology gallery: which tells the story of 200 years of communication technology.

Progression pathways and careers

The GCSE qualification opens up a new world of possibilities in regards to both job prospects and future Level 3 qualifications.  This course can lead onto traditional A levels and vocational equivalents. It will also equip you with life skills that will stand you in good stead for any future job. Computing supports a number of further education and career pathways. It is well respected academically and will be a strong support to students intending to study medicine, law, engineering, computing, foreign languages, physical sciences or maths-based courses at university. As computing pervades all aspects of study and contemporary research, this course supports a very wide range of career paths at university in addition to those listed above.


Useful links

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-computing-j275-from-2012
http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z34k7ty
http://www.cambridgegcsecomputing.org/
http://www.teach-ict.com/gcse_computing.html

Contact

Mrs Eileen Poh  Head of Computing  and Business

pohe@hendonschool.co.uk

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