Meet the staff

Mr. Daniel Bland - Head of Department

Mrs. Denise Jeffrey - Assistant Headteacher and Teacher of ICT


Subject overview
To provide a framework that enables students to develop computational thinking, logic and  programming skills. At KS4 students follow either a GCSE qualification that covers a wealth of potential career areas including: System Architecture, Memory, Networking, Storage, Programming techniques, Binary and more. Or the students follow a vocational Qualification which covers areas including: Digital graphic design and website development. 


Key Stage 3
Students will cover both theory and practical aspects of computer science including use of Website development and practical Python programming, Hardware and Software. Assessment will be a combination of theory and practical.
 
Year 7

Autumn term 1 - E-safety - what is e-safety and why it is important to stay safe online.

Autumn term 2 - Computer internal and external Hardware

Spring term 1 - Software

Spring term 2 - Scratch, understanding the principles of programming

Summer term 1 - Scratch, understanding the principles of programming

Summer term 2 - Future Tech technology


Year 8

Autumn term 1 - Networks - What makes a network, what different kinds of networks are there

Autumn term 2 - Computer Storage. What are the different types of computer storage. How does storage work within a computer system

Spring term 1 - Micro Bits - Programming Techniques, and rules

Spring term 2 - Python programming, skills and techniques

Summer term 1 - Website design skills using Dreamweaver software

Summer term 2 - Digital graphic design skills using Photoshop software

 

Year 9 (Creative media)

Autumn term 1 - Mock digital Graphics coursework and Photoshop design skillse

Autumn term 2 - Mock digital Graphics coursework and Photoshop design skills

Spring term 1 - Mock digital Graphics coursework and Photoshop design skills

Spring term 2 - Mock R085 _ Multimedia website Task 1

Summer term 1 - Mock R085 _ Multimedia website Task 1

Summer term 2 - Real - R082_Digital Graphics

 

Year 9 (Computer Science)

Autumn term 1 - Systems Architecture and memory
Autumn term 2 - Storage, Wired and Wireless networks
Spring term 1 - Network topologies, protocols and layers, System Security
Spring term 2 - System software, Ethical and legal issues
Summer term 1 - Algorithms - Computational thinking. Pseudocode. Binary to Denary to Hexadecimal conversions
Summer term 2 - Python Programming skills

 

Key Stage 4 
OCR Computer Science. Theory (Exam) two papers each 50% each (Current y10 students also complete a Programming assessment unit) 

OCR Creative Imedia. 4 Units all 25% each one of which is a written exam and other 3 units are coursework portfolio based.


Year 10 (Imedia)

Autumn term 1 - R082_Digital Graphics Task 1

Autumn term 2 - R082_Digital Graphics Task 2/3

Spring term 1 - R082_Digital Graphics Task 3/4

Spring term 2 - R085 _ Multimedia website Task 1

Summer term 1 - R085 _ Multimedia website Task 2/3

Summer term 2 - R085 _ Multimedia website Task 3

 

Year 10 (Computer Science)

Autumn term 1 - Python Programming skills

Autumn term 2 - Python Controlled assessment

Spring term 1 - Python Controlled assessment

Spring term 2 - Computational Logic, Truth tables, logic gates

Summer term 1 - Computational Logic, Truth tables, logic gates, boolean operators

Summer term 2 - Data Representation

 

Year 11 (Computer Science)

Autumn term 1 - Sorting algorithms, Compression techniques

Autumn term 2 - Paper 2 review

Spring term 1 - Exam preparation, Past papers, exam techniques, Exam revision

Spring term 2 - Exam preparation, Past papers, exam techniques, Exam revision

Summer term 1 - Exam preparation, Past papers, exam techniques, Exam revision

 

Year 11 (Imedia)

Autumn term 1 - R085 _ Multimedia website Task 3/4

Autumn term 2 - R085 _ Multimedia website Task 4 - R081 Exam preparation

Spring term 1 - RO87_Interactive multimedia products Task 1/2- R081 Exam preparation

Spring term 2 - RO87_Interactive multimedia products Task 2/3

Summer term 1 - RO87_Interactive multimedia products Task 3/4


Revision links for GCSE course:
http://Codeacademy.co.uk
http://gcsebitesize.co.uk  
https://craigndave.org/


How can parents support their child’s progress in this subject?
Students will benefit from having others who will interact with their programs and help to spot syntax errors (which are a common part of programming)
Some may also benefit from additional online tutorials at home
 
Extra-Curricular Activities
Film project in conduction with the NELEP and innovative companies within the north east. Trips with GCSE students to Newcastle College to coincide with work and with student aspirations.