Computing

Key Stage 3

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Students gain an understanding of programming concepts and control technology. They begin to develop computational thinking skills and study topics such as, hardware, binary logic, programming and flowcharting, alongside creative projects that include spreadsheets and animations.  Topics are underpinned with E-safety with an additional focus regarding online safety.  Year 7’s also learn the ethical issues surrounding computers such as e-waste and recycling of computers.  Year 7 are encouraged to take part in focussed extra-curricular activities such as animation club.

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This year group build their knowledge of computer systems looking at the CPU, types of memory and networking including the internet. Year 8 also enjoy creative projects such as creating sound, flat file databases, websites, visual and text based programming as well as learning about the historical aspects of computing and communication. All topics are underpinned with E-safety, with an additional focus on digital footprints and ID theft.  Year 8 also teaches the social, moral, spiritual and cultural impact of ICT and computing.

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Students continue to develop computational thinking skills and enjoy learning about steganography, operating systems and user interfaces. Emphasis is also placed on the language of computers, students look at number bases and further binary logic. Creativity is addressed though a computer games design project, where students program the game and also create the packaging as well as text based programming challenges. E-safety and the impact of computers on society are continuously addressed including legislation and a focus on file sharing and computer addiction.  Students enjoy looking at different careers which involve the use of ICT and Computing as well as artificial intelligence and QR codes.

Key Stage 4

GCSE ICT 2016-18 (YEAR 10)

Course Title GCSE ICT 2012
Examination Board OCR
Qualification GCSE
Specification J461
QN Code 500/7947/5
Link to specification http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/74376-specification.pdf
Summary of course content Below are the knowledge/skills that will be gained through each unit of work: BO61 - you will study a range of ICT systems, as used in the home, at school, and in society. Through this unit you need to be aware of current and emerging technologies and the impact that advances in technology may have on you and others. BO62 - in this unit you will study a range of everyday software applications.  You will be able to manipulate and process data and other information effectively and efficiently and to present information in a format suitable for purpose and audience.  Your final task will be chosen from a range set by the examining board.  The task(s) will enable you to demonstrate practical ICT ability. The task tends to be a spread sheet based task. BO63 - this unit is based upon pre-release material relating to specified businesses or organisation(s) and its/their use of ICT. The pre-release material will be available to centres in the September of each year for the following January and June examination series. This unit will incorporate and build on the knowledge and understanding gained in units B061 and B062. You will learn how different businesses/industries such as Manufacturing use the internet, general and specialist software.  In addition you will study IT innovation in action. BO64 – you will gain skills in a range of creative software applications in order to create a multimedia solution to a given problem. Additionally you will be aware of how to analyse the problem as well as the steps needed to design, develop, test and evaluate the solution to the problem. You will be required to complete a task by creating and developing a multimedia solution with appropriate elements such as: • Sound clips • Video • Animation • Graphics Solutions may include but are not limited to: • A multimedia presentation • A multimedia website • A computer game The problem will be set by OCR and will require you to create a multimedia solution that combines a number of elements, provide evidence of the analysis of the problem as well as the design, development, testing and evaluation of the solution. This unit requires you to participate in group work and your contribution to the group will be assessed. It is expected that a number of skills will be demonstrated, including appropriate editing skills.
How will I be assessed? Four (4) units of work BO61 – ICT in today’s world Written Paper 1hr – marked out of 60 marks, 20% of GCSE BO62 – Practical Applications of ICT Controlled Assessment Marked out of 60 marks, 30% of GCSE Centre assessed and OCR moderated BO63 – ICT in Context Written Paper based upon pre-release information 1hr – marked out of 60 marks, 20% of GCSE BO64 – Creative use of ICT Controlled Assessment Marked out of 60 marks, 30% of GCSE Centre assessed and OCR moderated
What type of activities take place in lessons? We will go on an ICT trip to a theme park to see ICT in context Guest speakers are invited in to give a real world view of ICT Workshops to assemble computer components Paired and Group activities Research via the Internet/Books Teacher led activities
What type of homework tasks will be set? Homework tasks will involve extension of classroom activities, further research, reading current ICT based news articles, gaining feedback from users and creating designs (depending on the unit of work). 
Useful links www.ocr.org.uk http://www.teach-ict.com http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/ict/ http://news.sky.com/technology http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology/ www.serif.com   My Revision Notes: OCR Information & Communication Technology GCSE Authors: Steve Cushing and Brian Gillinder  

Essential ICT GCSE: Essential GCSE ICT for OCR Student Book

Author: Stephen Doyle
How will this help students in the future? GCSE ICT will enable you to work in ANY industry in future.  During the course you will: • Become an independent and discerning user of ICT, able to make informed decisions about its use and aware of its implications for individuals, organisations and society • Acquire and apply creative and technical skills, knowledge and understanding of ICT in a range of contexts • Develop ICT-based solutions to solve problems • Develop your understanding of current and emerging technologies and their social and commercial impact • Develop your understanding of the legal, social, economic, ethical and environmental issues raised by ICT • Recognise potential risks when using ICT, and develop safe, secure and responsible practice • Develop the skills to work collaboratively • Evaluate ICT-based solutions.   GCSE ICT will also allow you to progress to A-Level ICTComputing Courses
How will this course build on Key Stage 3? In key stage 3 you have gained skills/knowledge in Spread sheets, Computer Systems, Games Programming, Databases, Animations, Image Editing, Website Design, Planning and Evaluating.  You have also learnt about the Impact of ICT and ensuring that your product is fit for purpose. This skills set will be fully utilised in the GCSE.  BO61 will draw on knowledge about the Impact of ICT and Computer Systems, BO62 and BO64, will allow you to further demonstrate your skills of planning, spread sheets, web design/programming and evaluating. BO63 will draw upon knowledge from the Impact of ICT and how ICT supports different business sectors. Underpinning all of this will be skills in presentation of work and written communication and in the two creative units (BO62 and BO64) ensuring that the product is fit for the audience.
What Skills will I develop? Understanding of ICT use in specialist industries, Understanding of Computer Systems including hardware, Spread sheets, Web Design, Image Editing and Application/Games Development skills

   

GCSE Computing 2016-18 (Year 10)

Course Title GCSE in Computer Science
Examination Board OCR
Qualification GCSE
Specification J276
QN Code 601/8355/X
Link to specification http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/225975-specification-accredited-gcse-computer-science-j276.pdf
Summary of course content Below are the knowledge and skills that will be acquired through each unit of work: 01 - Computer Systems: This unit covers knowledge about computer systems including the systems architecture, memory, storage, networks, protocols, topologies, system security, system software and ethical, legal cultural and environmental concerns. 02 - Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming This unit covers theoretical knowledge about computational thinking, algorithms and programming including creating and understanding algorithms, programming techniques, how to produce robust programs, computational logic, translators and facilities of languages and data representation. 03 - Programming Project This unit covers practical knowledge and skills about programming including the analysis, design, development, testing and evaluation of a computer program to solve a given problem.
How will I be assessed? 01 - Computer Systems: 1 hour 30 minute written paper Marked out of 80 Weighting:  40% 02 - Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming 1 hour 30 minute written paper Marked out of 80 Weighting:  40% 03 - Programming Project 20 hour non-exam assessment Marked out of 40 Weighting:  20%  
What type of activities take place in lessons? Practical activities to understand theoretical topics. Independent, paired and group work. Teacher led activities. Research tasks. Exam style question. Guest speakers and trips.
What type of homework tasks will be set? Homework tasks will involve extension of classroom activities, research, reading current computing based news articles and exam preparation.
Useful links BBC Bitesize:  www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z34k7ty Teach ICT:   www.teach-ict.com  Exam Board:  www.ocr.org.uk   Cambridge Computer Science Student Book Author:  David Waller Course Consultant:  Ann Weidmann
How will this help students in the future? GCSE Computer Science will enable you to work in any industry in the future allowing you to develop an understanding of current and emerging technologies and how they work.  This qualification will also enable you to develop an understanding of how computer systems work including the components inside and their purpose as well as an understanding of how to analyse, design, develop, test and evaluate a computer program for a given problem.    This course provides a natural progression onto Computing/ICT courses in further and higher education.
How will this course build on Key Stage 3? At key stage 3 skills are gained in hardware and processing, information technology, data and data representation, communication and networks, computational thinking and programming.  This course builds upon and consolidates these skills.
What Skills will I develop? You will develop a knowledge of computer systems, their components and how they work.  You will also develop computational thinking skills and problem solving skills in order to analyse a given problem and design, develop, test and evaluate a solution.

 

GCSE ICT  2016-17 (Year 11) LEGACY SYLLABUS

Course Title GCSE ICT 2012
Examination Board OCR
Qualification GCSE
Specification J461
QN Code 500/7947/5
Link to specification http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/74376-specification.pdf
Summary of course content Below are the knowledge/skills that will be gained through each unit of work: BO61 – you will study a range of ICT systems, as used in the home, at school, and in society. Through this unit you need to be aware of current and emerging technologies and the impact that advances in technology may have on you and others. BO62 – in this unit you will study a range of everyday software applications.  You will be able to manipulate and process data and other information effectively and efficiently and to present information in a format suitable for purpose and audience.  Your final task will be chosen from a range set by the examining board.  The task(s) will enable you to demonstrate practical ICT ability. The task tends to be a spread sheet based task. BO63 – this unit is based upon pre-release material relating to specified businesses or organisation(s) and its/their use of ICT. The pre-release material will be available to centres in the September of each year for the following January and June examination series. This unit will incorporate and build on the knowledge and understanding gained in units B061 and B062. You will learn how different businesses/industries such as Manufacturing use the internet, general and specialist software.  In addition you will study IT innovation in action. BO64 – you will gain skills in a range of creative software applications in order to create a multimedia solution to a given problem. Additionally you will be aware of how to analyse the problem as well as the steps needed to design, develop, test and evaluate the solution to the problem. You will be required to complete a task by creating and developing a multimedia solution with appropriate elements such as: • Sound clips • Video • Animation • Graphics Solutions may include but are not limited to: • A multimedia presentation • A multimedia website • A computer game The problem will be set by OCR and will require you to create a multimedia solution that combines a number of elements, provide evidence of the analysis of the problem as well as the design, development, testing and evaluation of the solution. This unit requires you to participate in group work and your contribution to the group will be assessed. It is expected that a number of skills will be demonstrated, including appropriate editing skills.
How will I be assessed? Four (4) units of work BO61 – ICT in today’s world Written Paper 1hr – marked out of 60 marks, 20% of GCSE BO62 – Practical Applications of ICT Controlled Assessment Marked out of 60 marks, 30% of GCSE Centre assessed and OCR moderated BO63 – ICT in Context Written Paper based upon pre-release information 1hr – marked out of 60 marks, 20% of GCSE BO64 – Creative use of ICT Controlled Assessment Marked out of 60 marks, 30% of GCSE Centre assessed and OCR moderated
What type of activities take place in lessons? We will go on an ICT trip to a theme park to see ICT in context Guest speakers are invited in to give a real world view of ICT Workshops to assemble computer components Paired and Group activities Research via the Internet/Books Teacher led activities
What type of homework tasks will be set? Homework tasks will involve extension of classroom activities, further research, reading current ICT based news articles, gaining feedback from users and creating designs (depending on the unit of work). 
Useful links www.ocr.org.uk http://www.teach-ict.com http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/ict/ http://news.sky.com/technology http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology/ www.serif.com   My Revision Notes: OCR Information & Communication Technology GCSE Authors: Steve Cushing and Brian Gillinder   Essential ICT GCSE: Essential GCSE ICT for OCR Student Book Author: Stephen Doyle
How will this help students in the future? GCSE ICT will enable you to work in ANY industry in future.  During the course you will: • Become an independent and discerning user of ICT, able to make informed decisions about its use and aware of its implications for individuals, organisations and society • Acquire and apply creative and technical skills, knowledge and understanding of ICT in a range of contexts • Develop ICT-based solutions to solve problems • Develop your understanding of current and emerging technologies and their social and commercial impact • Develop your understanding of the legal, social, economic, ethical and environmental issues raised by ICT • Recognise potential risks when using ICT, and develop safe, secure and responsible practice • Develop the skills to work collaboratively • Evaluate ICT-based solutions.   GCSE ICT will also allow you to progress to A-Level ICTComputing Courses
How will this course build on Key Stage 3? In key stage 3 you have gained skills/knowledge in Spread sheets, Computer Systems, Games Programming, Databases, Animations, Image Editing, Website Design, Planning and Evaluating.  You have also learnt about the Impact of ICT and ensuring that your product is fit for purpose. This skills set will be fully utilised in the GCSE.  BO61 will draw on knowledge about the Impact of ICT and Computer Systems, BO62 and BO64, will allow you to further demonstrate your skills of planning, spread sheets, web design/programming and evaluating. BO63 will draw upon knowledge from the Impact of ICT and how ICT supports different business sectors. Underpinning all of this will be skills in presentation of work and written communication and in the two creative units (BO62 and BO64) ensuring that the product is fit for the audience.
What Skills will I develop? Understanding of ICT use in specialist industries, Understanding of Computer Systems including hardware, Spread sheets, Web Design, Image Editing and Application/Games Development skills

 

GCSE Computing 2016-17 (Year 11) LEGACY SYLLABUS

Course Title GCSE Computing (2012)
Examination Board OCR
Qualification GCSE
Specification J275
QN Code 500/8291/7

Link to specification

http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/72936-specification.pdf
Summary of course content This course is assessed through 3 units of work over 2 years.  Upon completion students will gain the GCSE Computing qualification.   Unit A451: Computer systems and programming This unit covers the body of knowledge about computer systems – topics include the CPU, binary logic, memory, input and output devices, secondary storage, software, representation of data in computer systems, databases and networks   Unit A452: Practical investigation An investigative computing task, chosen from a list provided by OCR, which assesses the following: research, technical understanding, analysis of problem, historical perspective, use of technical writing skills, recommendations/evaluation.   Unit A453: Programming project Students will need to:
  1. Understand standard programming techniques
  2. Be able to design a coded solution to a problem including the ability to:
  • Develop suitable algorithms
  • Design           suitable input and output formats
  • Identify suitable variables and structures
  • Identify test procedures
  1. Create a coded solution fully annotating the develop code to explain its function
  2. Test their solution:
  • To show functionality
  • To show how it matches the design criteria
  • Identifying successes and any limitations
How will I be assessed? Unit A451: Computer systems and programming 1hr 30 min written exam Marked out of 80 marks Weighting 40%   Unit A452: Practical investigation Controlled Assessment investigative task OCR set scenario with a choice of research tasks. Marked out of 45 marks Weighting 30%     Unit A453: Programming project Controlled Assessment programming task Design, develop and test a solution to a problem within the OCR set scenario. Marked out of 45 marks Weighting 30%
What type of activities take place in lessons? We will go on a Computing Trip to Bletchley Park Guest speakers are invited in to give a real world view of Computing Paired and Group activities Research via the Internet/Books Teacher led activities
What type of homework tasks will be set? Homework tasks will involve extension of classroom activities, further research, reading current Computing based news articles, gaining feedback from users and creating designs (depending on the unit of work). 
Useful links Sunbury Manor VLE (GCSE Computing area has teacher notes from lessons) www.whatiscomputing.com www.ocr.org.uk www.codeacademy.com OCR - MOOC http://www.teach-ict.com http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/ict/ http://news.sky.com/technology http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology/ www.serif.com   OCR Computing for Gcse Authors: Sean O’Byrne and George Rouse   My Revision Notes OCR Computing for GCSE Computer Systems and Programming Authors: Sean O’Byrne and George Rouse   Python Basics, Level 1 (Coding Club) (Coding Club, Level 1) – Levels 1, 2 and 3 Author: Chris Roffey
How will this help students in the future? GCSE Computing will enable you to work in ANY industry in the future.  It will also enable you to develop your understanding of current and emerging technologies and how they work. You will look at algorithms in computer programs, develop computer programs to solve programs, evaluate the effectiveness of computer programssolutions and the impact of computer technology upon society.  The program languages which you will use are Scratch and Python. GCSE Computing also counts as a science in the English baccalaureate.   This course provides a natural progression onto ComputingICT courses in further and higher education.
How will this course build on Key Stage 3? At key stage 3 you gained skills in computer hardware, understanding, computer systems, number systems, logic gates and truth tables, IP addressing and packet switching, networking, the way the internet works, algorithms, coding in visual and textual languages.  Additionally you gained Digital Literacy ICT skills.  This course consolidates all of these skills.
What Skills will I develop? You will develop critical thinking, analysis and problem solving skills, which can be transferred to everyday life.