Key Stage 3
Pupils are introduced to the basics of using a school network and sending and receiving emails including attachments, replying and forwarding emails. They will use a digital camera to re-enact the Shakespeare play “Macbeth”. Pupils also cover databases, spreadsheets and graphical representations, create graphics using Paint and applying a variety of effects to images to create pop art style images. They are made aware of the dangers of social networking websites and cyber bullying and the dangers to their technology such as viruses, worms and Trojans. There is opportunity to plan, create and evaluate animations using Pivot Stick Animator.
Pupils look into performing primary and secondary research including internet and paper research, create questionnaires, analyse results and create a 3 fold brochure. Pupils explore sound effects and familiarise themselves with the basic terminology about hardware and software, the history of computers, the internet and cloud computing. They create and use relational databases based around a science convention, create and evaluate stop-frame animations to re-enact a historical event of their choice. In addition, they are introduced to programming techniques including understanding writing algorithms and creating games using Scratch.
They look at network topologies, the hardware and software needed in a network, system tools such as PING and IPCONFIG and what a network administrator does. Pupils learn how to program using Python, Macromedia Flash to create animations and Macromedia Dreamweaver to create a website.
Key Stage 4
Examination Board: OCR
The following units are assessed at GCSE:
Unit A451: Computer systems and programming
This unit covers the body of knowledge about computer systems on which the examination will be based
External Examination: 1 hour 30 minutes Written paper (Weighting 40%).
- Unit A452: Practical investigation
- An investigative computing task, chosen from a list provided by OCR, which assesses the following: research, technical understanding, analysis of problem, historical perspective, use of technical writing skills, recommendations/evaluation.
- Controlled assessment, Investigative task. OCR-set scenario with a choice of research tasks. (Weighting 30%).
Unit A453: Programming Project
To design a coded solution set by OCR.
Controlled assessment (Weighting 30%).