Computer Science and ICT

Key Stage 3

Programme of Study

Students study ICT and Computer Science throughout Year 7 and 8. ICT equips students with the essential computer skills that they need for everyday life. Computer Science gives learners a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. It is a subject that will provide excellent preparation for higher study and employment, develop critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills.

During Year 7 students have one lesson of ICT per fortnight in which to build on basic ICT skills such as the Office Suite and then progress to learning computer programming use Code Academy and Scratch.

In Year 8 students continue to have one lesson per fortnight, during which time they cover a wide range of topics which include E-safety, computer networks, programming languages (Scratch and Python) and binary. In Year 8 students also get the opportunity to programme their own mini-computer known as a Micro Bit.

Assessment

Assessment is carried out in the following formats:

  • Self-assessment
  • Peer assessment
  • Teacher assessment