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St Thomas More Catholic Secondary School

St Thomas More
Catholic Secondary School

Year 10 

Curriculum Intention:

  • The course will build on the knowledge, understanding and skills established through the Computer Science elements of the Key Stage 3 programme of study. The content has been designed not only to allow for a solid basis of understanding but to engage learners and get them thinking about real world application.
  • The Programming Project (whilst not part of the final grade) is designed to be engaging, enabling learners to demonstrate their skills in a way which suits them.
  • The Computer Science course encourages learners to be inspired, and challenged through completing a coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study.
  • The specification will help learners to gain an insight into related sectors.
  • It will prepare learners to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices within the IT, Mathematical, Science and other STEM based industries.

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

Component 2: Computational thinking, algorithms and programming

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

Component 2: Computational thinking, algorithms and programming

20th April – 18th May

Component 3: NEA (20 hours)

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

Component 2: Computational thinking, algorithms and programming

24th Feb – 30th March

Component 2: Computational thinking, algorithms and programming

1st June – 13th July

Component 3: NEA (20 hours)

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:

Students will be able to:

  • Understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of Computer Science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms
  • Analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including designing, writing and debugging programs
  • Understand the components that make up digital systems; how they communicate with one another and with other systems; how they impact wider society
  • Apply mathematical skills relevant to Computer Science.

Students progress will be assessed through:

  • internal past paper practice and results
  • students feedback on learning
  • class based discussions / AFL techniques

Employability skills:

The following skills are acquired and practiced throughout: thinking and programming skills; programming language;  programming techniques; design, analysis and development of computer systems; testing and evaluation; computational logic; understanding of ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns of computing.

Year 11 

Curriculum Intention:

  • The course will build on the knowledge, understanding and skills established through the Computer Science elements of the Key Stage 3 programme of study. The content has been designed not only to allow for a solid basis of understanding but to engage learners and get them thinking about real world application.
  • The Programming Project (whilst not part of the final grade) is designed to be engaging, enabling learners to demonstrate their skills in a way which suits them.
  • The Computer Science course encourages learners to be inspired, and challenged through completing a coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study.
  • The specification will help learners to gain an insight into related sectors.
  • It will prepare learners to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices within the IT, Mathematical, Science and other STEM based industries.

 

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

Component 1: Computer Systems

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

Component 1: Computer Systems

20th April – 18th May

REVISION

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

Component 1: Computer Systems

24th Feb – 30th March

Component 1: Computer Systems

1st June – 13th July

N/A

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:

Students will be able to:

  • Understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of Computer Science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms
  • Analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including designing, writing and debugging programs
  • Understand the components that make up digital systems; how they communicate with one another and with other systems; how they impact wider society
  • Apply mathematical skills relevant to Computer Science.

Students progress will be assessed through:

  • Through internal past paper practice and results
  • Through students feedback on learning
  • Through class based discussions / AFL techniques

Employability skills:

The following skills are acquired and practiced throughout:

  • thinking and programming skills
  • programming language
  • programming techniques
  • design, analysis and development of computer systems
  • testing and evaluation
  • computational logic
  • understanding of ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns of computing