Subject Leader: Mr J Muldoon
General information about the subject
In Year 7 we start the curriculum with digital life where we look at being safe online with social media and basic cybersecurity. Then we look at the physical side of computing without which we would not have computing.
In this unit we understand the fundamentals of computing and how they mould how we use and write software.
In the next unit we look at algorithms and develop how we logically set out instructions
to be able to code solutions to programming problems. This is a fundamental unit which is embedded in all the units we do in the curriculum.
Now, taking what we have learned, we use algorithms to start to code in scratch using block coding. From here we develop our digital literacy skills with spreadsheets using formula which is very basic coding. Also in this unit we use DTP to make the spreadsheet user friendly. The final unit for Year 7 is Endangered Animals which looks in depth at DTP and how publications should be laid.
What topics are taught?
When will they be taught?
Students have one lesson a week. Below are the topics covered.
● 7.1 Digital Life
● 7.2 Hardware
● 7.3 Algorithms
● 7.4 Scratch
● 7.5 Spreadsheets
● 7.6 Endangered Animals
How will my son or daughter be assessed?
When do these assessments take place?
There will be regular low stakes testing in lessons either online or on paper. This will be based on content covered in lessons and their knowledge book. This is to help students retain knowledge and aid with their final assessment at the end of the topic.
At the end of each topic students will sit an assessment based on thecontent they have covered. These assessments can be knowledge retrieval questions or practical depending on the unit
What can my son or daughter do to support their learning at home?
What materials are provided or available online?
Using the knowledge book to quiz students on the topic they are currently learning. They should also be self-quizzing. Be engaged in new technology and see if your child can link it to IT.
Use Google Classroom: all class resources are on there.
Links to websites:SenecaBBC Bitesize: KS3 ICTBBC Bitesize: KS3 Computer ScienceTeach- ICTQuizlet