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Key Stage 3

ICT/Computing in Year 7,8 & 9

Key Stage 3 Overview

The new curriculum ensures that students will know how computers and computer systems work and how they can be designed and programmed.

The information below provides details of the wide range of skills and techniques our students will develop throughout Key Stage 3.

Year 7 Computing & ICT
Students in Year 7 will learn in line with the three strands of the new Computing curriculum: Computer Science; Information Technology and Digital Literacy.
Computer Science This unit covers, the foundation principles and practises of computation and computational thinking, and their application in the design and development of computer systems.
Information Technology Information Technology (IT) deals with the creative and productive use of computer systems, especially in organisations. A wide range of topics are explored, some of which include e-safety, privacy, ethics, and intellectual property.
Digital Literacy Just as the ability to read, spell, punctuate and perform basic arithmetic are essential life skills, so is the ability to use a computer. Digital Literacy is the ability to use computer systems confidently and effectively.

All students will have the opportunity to do some programming using Scratch and Python and use hardware such as the Raspberry Pi’s to enhance their learning.

Program of study:

Term Unit
Autumn; Term 1 Introduction to the network/office skills
In this unit students will learn how to access the school network and appropriate files and folders.  Students will begin to understand the importance of saving their work with appropriate names and in the correct folder.  The overall aim of the unit is to ensure that pupils have the necessary ICT skills to access the curriculum.
Systems Architecture
In this unit students will learn how to identify; describe; discuss different aspects of computing architecture including: Binary Representation; Computer Networking; and Wired/Wireless Technologies.  The aim is to introduce the pupils to varying aspect of technology and how they affect our everyday life.
Autumn; Term 2 Modelling Data (Spreadsheets)
In this unit students will learn how to model data using a specific data modelling software.  Pupils will work towards developing a complex model that perform specific functions; including managing data types; performing calculations; and presenting data using charting methods and reports.  
Spring; Term 1 Micro: Bit Programming
In this unit students will learn how to program the Micro:Bit using the Online Web editor provided by the BBC.  Pupils will be enable to have a direct tactile response from the device once programmed.  The pupils will be introduced to the basic concepts of programming which they will implement throughout the unit.    
Spring; Term 2 Introduction to Python

In this unit students will learn how to program in Python.
This module is taught to allow students to experience the fun of programming a computer using a textual programming method.  They will learn about the fundamental principles of programming in a text-based way some of which include variables, strings, functions, data types and iteration.

Summer; Term E-Safety Interactive PowerPoint
In this unit students will learn how to develop an interactive PowerPoint using complex presentation features such as: timings and automation.  Users will be able to run the PowerPoint and interact with different aspects of the presentation such as buttons and hyperlinks. The Presentation will have an E-Safety theme and pupils will be introduced to topics related to e-safety appropriate to their year group.

Cyberbullying

This module is taught to ensure students are familiar with how to safely use and operate PC’s and the Internet. This unit merges the topic of e-safety with presentation software and is taught in conjunction with PHSE. This unit initially teaches students about the ICT systems/resources that are available at AC followed by focused lessons on e-safety and cyber bullying. Students apply their learning through a presentation which focuses on creating a resource that is suitable for both the audience and the purpose.


Year 8 Computing/ICT
Students in year 8  will learn in line with the three strands of the new Computing curriculum: Computer Science; Information Technology and Digital Literacy.
Computer Science This unit covers, the foundation principles and practises of computation and computational thinking, and their application in the design and development of computer systems.
Information Technology Information Technology (IT) deals with the creative and productive use of computer systems, especially in organisations. A wide range of topics are explored, some of which include e-safety, privacy, ethics, and intellectual property.
Digital Literacy Just as the ability to read, spell, punctuate and perform basic arithmetic are essential life skills, so is the ability to use a computer. Digital Literacy is the ability to use computer systems confidently and effectively.

 

Program of study:

Term Unit
Autumn; Term 1 Reintroduction to the school network and services. Selecting and searching for information (using the internet)
Students will build upon their knowledge that has been developed in year 7.  Complexity will be added by introducing the concepts of appropriate computer/internet usage and how to effectively search for data/information online.
Database Design
This module is taught to allow students to understand databases and involves data collection, data storage, data relationships, data selection and reporting
Autumn; Term 2 Technology
The aim of this unit is to give students an understanding of the key components that make up a computer system, including inputs and outputs and hardware. In addition they will be introduced to binary and how to convert between binary and denary numbers and will gain a basic understanding of computer networks and operating systems.
Spring; Term 1 Technology Continued. Control.
This unit is designed to enhance students understanding of control systems.  In this unit students will form a deeper understanding of how to assemble flow diagrams by using Flowol. Their knowledge will advance from simple flow diagrams controlling outputs to a complex system of flow diagrams and sub routines which work simultaneously to create a complex model of real world control technology.
Spring; Term 2 Python Programming
This module is taught to allow students to experience the fun of programming a computer using a textual programming method.  The Python programming language is used for its syntactical simplicity and because of its reputation as being a programming language that is good for users with no or very little programming experience.  Students will build upon their knowledge of programming that has been developed in year 7. They will learn about the fundamental principles of programming in a text-based way some of which include variables, strings, functions, data types and iteration.
Summer; Term Healthy Living (ICT for a purpose/ research and development task)
In this unit students will learn how to analyse data and present data within an appropriate format regarding a specific theme. 

Year 9 Computing/ICT
Students in year 9 will learn in line with the three strands of the new Computing curriculum: Computer Science; Information Technology and Digital Literacy.
Computer Science This unit covers, the foundation principles and practises of computation and computational thinking, and their application in the design and development of computer systems, extending their knowledge and skills from previous units and years.
Information Technology Information Technology (IT) deals with the creative and productive use of computer systems, especially in organisations. A wide range of topics are explored, some of which include e-safety, privacy, ethics, and intellectual property extending their knowledge and skills from previous units and years.
Digital Literacy Just as the ability to read, spell, punctuate and perform basic arithmetic are essential life skills, so is the ability to use a computer. Digital Literacy is the ability to use computer systems confidently and effectively extending their knowledge and skills from previous units and years.

Program of Study:

Term Unit
Autumn; Term 1 Networking
In this unit students will learn how to identify how computing devices are connected and how they communicate and share data/ resources.  Students will build upon their knowledge of networking that has been developed in year 8.  This unit will look at how the internet and www work. It looks at network hardware and factors which affects the choice of systems.
Python
This module is taught to allow students to experience the fun of programming a computer using a textual programming method.  The Python programming language is used for its syntactical simplicity and because of its reputation as being a programming language that is good for users with no or very little programming experience.  Students will build upon their knowledge of programming that has been developed in year 8. They will learn about adding complexity to their code by ensuring that code is error free, reusable and appropriately tested. Pupils will gain insight into the software development life cycle and how software Is developed within industry.   
Autumn; Term 2 Relational Databases with SQL
Students will build upon their knowledge of database design that has been developed in year 8.  Pupils will gain knowledge of data interrogation/ mining using Structured Query Language (SQL).  Pupils will show how data can be manipulated and presented to a specific users’ needs. 
Spring; Term 1 System Security
In this unit students will learn how to manage and protect vital data/information stored within a computing system/device.  Pupils will gain knowledge related to forms of electronic attack and threats posed to networks.  Topic areas, include:  malware, phishing, Identifying people as the ‘weak point’ in secure systems (social engineering), brute force attacks, denial of service attacks, data interception and theft, the concept of SQL injection, poor network policy, identifying and preventing vulnerabilities and encryption.
Spring; Term 2 Handling Data
In this unit students will learn how to manage electronic data and how electronic data is handled by a computing device.  Topics included are: Data Types; Data Validation Backup and Recovery; Complex Binary; Compression; and Storage. 
Summer; Term Developing a website for a purpose (E-Safety Theme)
This module is taught to ensure students are familiar with how to safely use and operate PC’s and the Internet. This unit merges the topic of e-safety with presentation software and is taught in conjunction with PHSE. This unit initially teaches students about the ICT systems/resources that are available at AC followed by focused lessons on e-safety and cyber bullying. Students apply their learning through a presentation which focuses on creating a resource that is suitable for both the audience and the purpose.