At Key Stage 3, students are introduced to the core hardware components. They learn how data is represented and are taught how to program using Python, which is an industry standard textual programming language. Students also learn how to stay safe online. Students are assessed every half term and all learning at Key Stage 3 is carefully planned to enable students to progress onto the Edexcel Computer Science qualification
Year 7 build on some of the skills that they have developed in Year 6. Students learn about the school network, new technologies such as SmartPhones. They will develop their knowledge and understanding of Binary Language. Students will review how to stay safe online and how to program games using software such as Scratch. They will learn about computer hardware and how this functions in a computer. By the end of Year 7, students should have developed confidence in using the school network and how computers work.
In Year 8 students develop their understanding of hardware and software. They develop their use of binary and digital representation. Students further develop their logical skills for planning, developing and creating program codes.
In Year 9 students develop a deeper understanding of technology such as networks and types of computers. They learn a new programming language such as Python and understand how algorithms are used to develop effective computer programs. Students will become more resilient learners.