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
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.