THE ECCLESBOURNE SCHOOL

Learning Together For The Future

Computing & ICT

Contact: Mr D. Hewitt

Course Aims

In Years 7, 8 and 9 pupils spend one hour a week on Computing. The work covered over these three years is varied and will stimulate an interest and awareness of Computing, helping pupils develop problem-solving skills.

The course content at KS3 is heavily weighted towards practical capability and ensures pupils receive a good grounding in common software packages as well as developing computational ability.

Course Content

In Year 7, students will investigate the internal and external hardware; learn the basics of binary code, and binary conversion; Understand how logic and reasoning can be used to solve real world problems; build on knowledge of Scratch (a visual-based programming language) in order to understand a variety of computational problems, such as digital graphics and mathematical algorithms; undertake an investigation on the history of computing; learn how to use HTML and CSS in order to design, create and develop your own webpage; understand how images can be represented, stored and manipulated digitally; understand a range of ways to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely, including protecting your online identity and privacy, recognising inappropriate content, contact and conduct and know how to report concerns.

In Year 8, students will investigate different software, and how they communicate with one another; carry out simple operations on binary numbers (binary addition); understand the fundamentals of file management systems; use Scratch to design and create a game including artificial intelligence; understand how computer networks are structured; understand how computers store and manipulate data; use a programming language to control a robot; understand looping and recursion in computer programming; e-safety.

In Year 9, students will learn about the concept of encryption and decryption, and use a programming language to encrypt data; understand how sound can be represented, stored and manipulated digitally; learn how to create databases, and use these to manipulate, search and select data in a meaningful way; extend knowledge of the inner workings of computer networks; learn about the fundamentals of digital circuits (Switches & Gates, Semi-Conductors, and Integrated Circuits); Investigate computer architecture, and how different computer translators operate; Create an app to solve a problem, and understand the concept of a digital footprint, and how to produce an appropriate online profile.

Extra Curricular Activities

Computing and ICT lunchtime club.

Course Assessment

Grade Assessment Detail
9 Students can independently identify and analyse a complex problem and innovatively plan it with no help; can write an innovative and highly efficient solution to a multifaceted problem and can comprehensively annotate work in a way which not only shows understanding but would also allow a third party to fully understand what has been done; can fully judge, critique, question, appraise, interpret, discuss and explain high level computing concepts and can investigate and formulate; present work in a professional, comprehensive and thorough manner.
8 Students can analyse, decompose and innovatively plan a complex problem with no help; can write innovative and efficient programa or solutions to problems with a wide scope and can clearly annotate work showing a high level of understanding; can extend the scope of the problem with their own ideas; can judge, critique, question, appraise, interpret, discuss and explain theoretical aspects of Computing; can also investigate and formulate; present work in a detailed and professional manner, fully documenting all design stages.
7 Students can analyse, decompose and plan a complex problem with little or no help; can write efficient programs or solutions to a problem with a wide scope and can clearly annotate work showing clear understanding; can investigate, judge, critique, question, appraise, interpret, discuss and explain theoretical aspects of Computing; present work is professional and detailed manner; can document all design stages.
6 Students can analyse and partially plan a complex problem with little or no help; can write a program or solution to a problem with a wider scope and can refine the solution to improve efficiency; can annotate work clearly and annotation shows understanding; can question, appraise, interpret discuss and explain theoretical aspects of Computing; presentat work is professional and detailed manner; can document most design stages.
5 Students can analyse and partially plan more complex problems with some help; can write a program or solution to a problem with a wider scope with little help and can refine the solution to improve efficiency; can annotate work clearly; can understand discuss and explain theoretical aspects of Computing; present work visually and clearly with detail.
4 Students can analyse a simple problem without any help; can write a simple program or solutions to problems with little, or no help; are able to refine solutions to improve efficiency, whilst providing some annotation; can discuss and explain theoretical aspects of Computing; present work clearly and containing a good level of detail.
3 Students can analyse a simple problem with little or no help; can write a simple program or solution to a problem with little help, whilst providing limited annotation; have basic knowledge of, and can discuss, theoretical aspects of Computing; present work in a reasonable way, containing a satisfactory level of detail.
2 Students can break down simple problems with some help; can write a basic programs or solutions to problems with some help; know some facts about Computing and can provide a context; present work reasonably and containing some detail.
1 Students need help to break down problems; create basic programs or solutions to problems which use simple instructions with help; know some facts about Computing; present work but only briefly.
 
Where I can find help or revision resources:

If you have any questions or queries relating to the ICT or Computing curriculum please email headofict@ecclesbourne.derbyshire.sch.uk for more information.