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Computing

Overview

In Computing, our aim is to provide an enticing curriculum that will encourage your child to gain an interest in the world of Computer Science. Year 7 is an opportunity for your child to settle in and to experience a range of programming languages and computational theory that will give them an insight into what is studied as students’ progress up the school.

Skills Developed

We aim to give the students a number of skills for use in Computer Science. Computer Science has moved on from the days of IT when we would look at using software applications into the more theoretical and potentially difficult subject of programming computers. We do discuss the importance of working safely on computers as in the modern world this is a vital skill. Students' progress is tracked between units and advice on how to improve is given.

Topics Covered

  • Using Computers Safely, Effectively and Responsibility: This unit introduces students to how to use computers in a way that is safe for them and allows them to understand the importance of retrieval and security of data
  • Programming with Kodu: This is a simple introduction to programming through software that uses menus. It teaches some of the basic building blocks that will be required further on.
  • Flowol: Flowol is software that helps students to design control systems. It is also useful for future development of algorithm design.
  • Python Turtle: This is the first unit in which we use a “proper” programming language. This shows them some of the basic skills in a graphical environment.
  • Scratch Calculator: Students must use scratch (a block based programming language) to make a calculator.

How we Support and Develop Your Child

Students are given support in the lessons and skills are further developed by tailored homeworks appropriate to the subject covered in the lesson. After school development sessions are available for students wishing to push themselves further. Homeworks can be repeated so that students' best efforts are reflected in their results.

How we Assess Your Child's Progress

Students are updated on their most recent threshold at the end of units of study. Most units are assessed by tests but some may be by peer assessment. Each student has a progress-tracking sheet in which they write their latest result and comment on how they have performed and how they should improve in the future. Now tasks are given out that are targeted at an area of weakness that was evident in the tests. Homework marks are recorded and will be used to decide grades in data that is sent home.

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