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Curriculum Mission Statement

Computers are at the heart of almost all technological advances made in today’s world. It is the future Computer Scientists who hold the key to unlocking new technologies and advancing society even further. It is estimated that the top 10 highest paid jobs in the year 2025, do not yet exist. It is with this in mind, that we have structured a curriculum of Computer Science/ICT, that not only develops cutting edge skills in computer programming to prepare pupils for the future, computer architecture and digital literacy, but allows our pupils to develop their learning skills so that they become effective problem solvers who work independently with resilience and enthusiasm to creatively overcome all challenges.

Progression | Further/Higher Education and Careers

Successful study of Computer Science at Sandhill View can open up opportunities for pupils to move onto A Level Study at out partner Sixth-Form at Southmoor or at college. There are even apprenticeships directly focussing on programming, web design and app design that our Year 11 leaves may be interested in pursuing.

Achieving A Levels can open the door to Degree level study in the field of Computer Science, including Ethical Hacking, Game Design, Web Design, Network Management, Data Analysis, Data Management, Computer Animation and many, many more.

The demand in the Computer Science industry is so high, that it is listed at the very top of the table of Industries requiring qualified employees. i.e. there are more jobs waiting to be filled, in the Computer Science Sector than any other industry.

Curriculum/Course Overview

Computer Science
KS3 & 4 Half Term 1 Half Term 2 Half Term 3  Half Term 4 Half Term 5  Half Term 6
Year 7

Word Processing & Presentation Software

Desktop Publishing Software and Online Safety

Data Handling Software

Hardware and IT Systems

Microbit Programming

Revision and End of Year Assessment

Year 8

Microbit Programming

Digital Society – Online Safety & IT Legislation

CPU and Hardware

Data Representation

HTML

Micro Python Programming

Year 9

IT Technical Unit 1

IT Technical Unit 1

IT Technical Unit 2

IT Technical Unit 2

IT Technical Unit 2

IT Technical Unit 3

IT Technical Unit 3

IT Technical Unit 3 + Mock Exams

Year 10

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Year 11

No classes for 2017/18 academic year

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No classes for 2017/18 academic year

No classes for 2017/18 academic year

No classes for 2017/18 academic year

No classes for 2017/18 academic year

How the subject supports pupils in making progress

In Computer Science, to ensure our pupils make as much progress as possible toward achieving their targets and fulfilling their potentials, we leave no stone unturned, taking actions including:

  • A half-termly analysis of performance data
  • Half-termly action plans to identify any pupils performing below expectations and implementing measures to support them in bridging any knowledge gaps and addressing misconceptions
  • Evaluation of individuals pupils ‘barriers to progress’ with action plans to overcome these
  • Providing effective feedback specific to the needs of each pupils to ensure their own misconceptions are addressed and they are encouraged to think more deeply about content
  • Regular and challenging homework to consolidate and extend learning, communicated to parents/carers using ‘Show My Homework’

Assessment & Feedback

At Key Stage 3, pupils are measured against ‘age expectations’ meaning that a set of expectations is established in Year 7 that we would like all Year 7 pupils to be able to demonstrate, if they are to be on-track to achieve a good grade by GCSE. The level of expectation then increases appropriately in Year 8. Pupils will either be working ‘toward’, ‘at’ or ‘greater than’ their age expected level. Please click here for the Computer Science Age Expected Levels

In Computer Science, at both KS3 and KS4, pupils are given an ‘end of topic’ assessment in which they are tasked with demonstrating the skills developed throughout the unit of study they’ve just completed. Teachers then provide feedback on the work produced and give the pupils the opportunity to respond to the feedback, addressing misconceptions and deepening their understanding of the topic.

Staffing

Mr B. Hughes – Subject Leader / CAS Master Teacher

Mr Hughes has taught Computer Science, ICT and Business for 9 years. Having joined the academy in 2015, Mr Hughes has been responsible for the academy being recognised as a centre of excellence in the teaching of Computer Science, achieving the status of ‘Lead School’ in Computer Science. Mr Hughes is also a Master Teacher, often delivering training to colleagues from other schools, across the local authority.

Mrs J. Davies – Head of KS3 Computer Science and Transition

Mrs Davies joined the school in January 2016. Mrs Davies takes an active role to ensure that the KS3 curriculum on offer to pupils is both exciting and engaging as well as providing the opportunity for pupils to embed skills that they will find essential as they progress to GCSE. As part of Mrs Davies’ role, she liaises with the feeder primary schools to enhance the delivery of KS2 Computer Science, in order to ensure pupils have a good foundation of skills upon arriving at the academy.

Miss A. Aslam – Teacher of Computer Science

Miss Aslam is currently spending her second extended period of teaching at Sandhill View, enjoying it so much the first time, she has decided to return again to help develop our pupils and enhance her own career. Miss Aslam is currently teaching Year 7, 8 and 9.

Useful Links

• Binary Booklet

• CPU Hardware Booklet

• Digital Society Booklet

• Micro Python Booklet

• Programming Booklet