The 3 Strands of Computing

  Each piece of work will be assessed against at least one of the strands listed below.

  • Computer science—programming, understanding hardware and software, understanding how computers work
  • IT—using different software to produced interesting and imaginative work. Using feedback from others to improve own work
  • Digital literacy—Understanding how to stay safe on-line, be aware of the key issues relating to the use of IT in the modern world


Key Stage 3 Computing Timeline

Term  1-Autumn Term 2 – Spring Term 3 – Summer
Year7 Time table   Superhero image/animation   Pivot man E-safety podcast   Excel Scratch   Mobile phone project
Year 8 Networks   Vector/Bitmap Web site using SERIF/HTML/CSS   Digital dangers Movie Excel     Scratch
Year 9 Ethics and ICT   Hardware and software Web site development   Flash Environmental excel   Small basic

Details of each Unit –Red new for 2014-15

Computer Science aspect IT aspect Digital literacy aspect
Yr 7 Scratch – Introduction to the program, game making Timetable – Introduction  to network and word processing   Mobile phone project- comparing technology for different users   Superhero image/animation – creating image and animating it using fireworks   Excel- introduction to the basic functions of a spreadsheet   Pivot man – creating simple animation on pivot man, comparison with other animation software   *E-safety podcast- creating a podcast using audacity E-safety podcast- creating a podcast using audacity that explains the dangers of the internet
Yr 8 Scratch- creating more complex games using increasingly difficult functions   Excel – if statement quiz with VBA for higher level   Networks- understanding how networks work and how they transfer data   New – Vector/Bitmap images and how these work Web site using SERIF/HTML/CSS   Excel – Creating an interaction quiz using formulae     *Digital dangers Movie- understanding movie maker Digital dangers Movie- creating a digital dangers movie with advice on staying safe when using IT   *Networks
Yr 9 Small basic – introduction to programming   Hardware and software – understanding how these components work together within systems     Environmental excel – using a spreadsheet to model the impact of humans on the planet Flash*   Ethics and ICT- create a set of products that explains how IT has impacted the world that we live in   Web site development Ethics and ICT- Copyright/Bias/reliability   Flash- How the Internet works, create an animation that showcases protocols that exist and how data is transferred


Homelearning for Computing at Key Stage 3

  Frequency of HL set : On Average once every fortnight   Approx duration of HL: 30 mins   Examples of types of HL: Three homelearning tasks within computing will be set for each topic being studied in class, these homelearning tasks are 1)      Key terms and their meaning 2)      Reflection on their work/target setting Attend an extracurricular computing club (these are run 3 times a week at lunch time)



Unit 1- Living in a Digital world – This is externally assessed by Edexcel as a 90 minutes exam.

It is worth 40% of the total GCSE grade. The exam paper is made up of 5 compulsory questions consisting of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing style questions.   The exam will assess what students know about current and emerging technologies and how they will impact on our lives such as learning and earning, leisure, shopping and money management, health and wellbeing, on the move. Examples would include e-safety, social networking and online shopping.   Unit 2- Using Digital Tools – This is an internally assessed under controlled exam conditions called a CAB (Controlled assessment brief). Marked by teachers and moderated by Edexcel. Students have 40 hours to work on Controlled assessment brief (CAB). The CAB is worth 60% of the total GCSE.   Students will learn to reflect critically on their own and others use of ICT to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice. Students will put into practice what they learn in unit 1 and broaden and enhance their ICT skills. They will work with a range of digital tools and new technologies to present their knowledge and understanding by doing 1 task which is broken down into 4 activities including:   Activity 1- gathering and creating publications   Activity 2- a modelling activity using a Spreadsheet and creating digital publications   Activity 3- requires students to produce a design and test it to demonstrate its effectiveness   Activity 4- evaluate products produced and judge own performance

GCSE Computing

    This course is a single award qualification taught for 5 lessons a fortnight over two years. Within the course, pupils are required to complete 3 units.   The units are called:

  • Unit A451- Computer systems and programming
  • Unit A452- Practical investigation
  • Unit A453- Programming project

Unit A451- Computer systems and programming

It is worth 40% of the total GCSE grade. The exam paper is made up of a variety of questions both short and long.   The exam will assess what students know about Computer systems. Central processing units, binary logic, memory, peripheral devices, secondary storage, types of data, databases, networks, the Internet, and programming

Unit A452- Practical investigation

Controlled assessment worth 30% of the course, Candidates carry out a practical investigation of a topic chosen from a set of options supplied by OCR.

Unit A453- Programming project

Candidates create solutions to computing tasks chosen from a set of options supplied by OCR.     Assessment   Unit A451- Computer systems and programming   Written paper 90 minutes long out of a maximum 80 marks Unit A452- Practical investigation Internally marked and externally moderated by OCR 20 hours Controlled assessment out of 45 marks.   Unit A453- Programming project Internally marked and externally moderated by OCR 20 hours Controlled assessment out of 45 marks.

Homelearning for ICT/Computing at Key Stage 4

Frequency of HL set : Projects are set for each Topic covered in class (One Project per HT)   Approx duration of HL: 3-5 Hours per project   Examples of types of HL: Pupils are asked to research the key terms for the unit and then given two separate investigations to research and report back on. Work is graded from by the teacher.

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