KS1 pupils are taught to use computers correctly. Creating, editing and staving files which they can open and use later and recognising common uses of technology both inside and outside of school. Also included is safe use of technology, a key area specifically focusing on knowing where to go for help. The programming aspects taught in KS1 are focused on logical reasoning and using precise and clear instructions to enable predictions of the behaviour of simple programs like Daisy the Dinosaur.
KS2 pupils are introduced to the internet and how to search safely and effectively to find information. There is more of an emphasis on computer programming and all pupils continue to learn to write programs to achieve specific goals. An increased emphasis on correcting basic programs is also present. To help motivate pupils we use hardware like Laptop computers, IPad, Beebots and ProBbts along with other online programs.
Year 7 Computing is very wide ranging and introduces the students to many new aspects of the subject. E safety is their first focus and essential for keeping every pupil aware of how to stay safe when using technology and social media networks. During year 7 students are introduced to the basic skills needed to become a successful computer programmer through using Scratch and Logo computer languages. Students will also develop their basic knowledge of computers, the history of computers, how they now affect the world we live in.
Throughout all these topics there will be an emphasis on developing patience, understanding of other’s needs, and a promotion of self-organisation, and working to deadlines.
Year 8 is a when the focus moves towards the role computers play in the world today with the web, social media and new technologies all examined in detail. Areas covered are this year are E Safety and the Safe use of technologies. Scratch Programming and Control software provide the pupils with a look at the many ways computers are used in the business and manufacturing. Flow charts used in control software used in real life situations like traffic Lights, Air Traffic Control, and new car technologies. Another area focused on in year 8 is the use MSOffice now seen as an essential part of everyday life. Finally, an introduction to Web design where pupils create a website containing working hyperlinks, text, images and videos. Throughout year 8 an emphasis will be placed on independent learning and individual problem-solving skills.
Year 9 –
Students this year will be asked to develop further the skills they already have and to start combining these to solve problems given in the form of in-depth projects. They will also be learning the basics about the internal components of computers and how they work, this will include how computers store and retrieve data, binary coding and logic gates. In addition to this, pupils will use more job specific programs to develop their web design and APP programming skills and E safety will be revisited to ensure pupils continue to stay safe. Pupils will also begin to learn the general-purpose computer language of Python
Greater complexity, more information and a more in-depth tasks will test pupils to a higher level. The self-management skills expected from students this year will include the ability to set work priorities and to develop the self-discipline to work to them which will start to prepare pupils for their exam course in year 10.
Year 10 –
During year 10 pupils will study the City and Guilds ICT Functional Skills component. The course is assessed from Entry Level 1 through to Level 2 with candidates starting at an appropriate level. This qualification in ICT helps young people to succeed in all aspects of life, and has has been developed to help inspire candidates to develop these skills, which can be transferred to other subjects and even applied in day-to-day life. Functional Skills is a very popular qualification with a particular focus on developing workplace skills, also providing an avenue towards apprenticeships.
Year 11 –
Candidates will complete the OCR entry level certificate in computing started in year 10, or the City and Guilds ICT Functional skills course. Both courses provide candidates with opportunities to become familiar with how computer technology works and a look at what goes on ‘behind the scenes’. These courses will also help candidates develop their problem solving skills and provide candidates with skills that can be applied in day-to-day life whilst providing realistic targets for success, encouraging them to develop computing skills and enabling the more able learner to progress to GCSE.