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St Thomas More Catholic Secondary School

St Thomas More
Catholic Secondary School

What is KS3 Computing about?

Teachers

Head of Department: Miss T Spavins

Teaching Staff: Mr T Robinson, Mr T Thody, Mrs M Bassett (Biddenham Site)

What does the course consist of?

Autumn

First half term

  • Computers – the basics
  • Inc. Expectations, Logging On, Tidy Files and School ICT agreement
  • 1 + 6 weeks
  •  [Main focus]
  • An introduction for students to the world of computers and computing
  • e-safety
  • Learn how to stay safe when using the Internet
  • Learn how to recognise the risks associated with sharing personal information
  • Learn how to present information which is fit for purpose and audience
  • Evaluate the quality of solutions, identifying improvements and refining work
  • [Assessment focus]
  • AF1: Planning, developing and evaluating
  • AF3: Finding, using and communicating information
  • NAACE Framework: Digital Literacy; Safety, Security and the Law

Second half term

Desk Top Publishing:  Christmas Stories

 7 weeks

[Main focus]

  • Using a DTP package to create a booklet
  • Layout
  • DTP Tools
  • Suitability for audience
  • Evaluate the quality of solutions, identifying improvements and refining work

[Assessment focus]

AF1: Planning, developing and evaluating

NAACE Framework: Digital Literacy

Spring

First half term

Cryptography – Bletchley Secrets

6 weeks

[Main focus]

  • The use and purpose of cryptography and encryption of data
  • The purpose and use of cryptography in everyday society
  • How the use of computers has enabled ever more secure and sophisticated methods of cryptography to be developed.

[Assessment focus]

AF3: Finding, using and communicating information

NAACE Framework: Digital Literacy; Technology in the World; Safety, Security and the Law

Second half term

Scratch – Basic programming

6 weeks

[Main focus]

  • Control
  • System life-cycles

(Design – implement – evaluate – improve)

[Assessment focus]

AF1: Planning, developing and evaluating

AF2: Handling data, sequencing instructions and modelling

NAACE Framework: Skills; Technology in the World; Technical Understanding

Summer

First half term

Databases: Superheroes

[Length in weeks]

6 weeks

[Main focus]

  • To understand what a database is and how it used in real life situations
  • To use and design logical and appropriate structures to organise and process data
  • To devise a data handling solution to test hypotheses that uses techniques to reduce input errors

[Assessment focus]

AF1: Planning, developing and evaluating

AF2: Handling data, sequencing instructions and modelling

NAACE Framework: Digital Literacy; Technical Understanding

Second half term

A Digital Footprint

7 weeks

[Main focus]

  • Learn how to present data so it is fit for purpose
  • Produce an automated Power Point and a range of documents commemorating your personal journey.  

[Assessment focus]

AF1: Planning, developing and evaluating

AF3: Finding, using and communicating information

NAACE Framework: Digital Literacy; Skills

Possible different activity…

SketchUp – Using Google SketchUp to create 3D designs

What might the subject lead on to?

The subject will lead to further study in the Computing field should pupils choose to opt for GCSE Computer Science as well as acting as a solid foundation for study of the BTEC First Certificate in Information and Creative Technology.