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Coombes Girls School

Computer Science

The Computer Science course in KS3 has been designed teach students the ”how“ of technology so that they learn how to control the technology around them, not just use it. They will investigate how to use computers systems safely, how to control computers systems using programming, how computers work and the binary system that electronic computing is based on.

what to expect in year 7
 

In Year 7 we introduce the students to using computers safely, effectively and responsibly. They are introduced to the school network, Google classroom and e-safety. Pupils will start learning a text based programming language to create graphical output. Students will learn what computational thinking is and will start to develop it by learning how to decompose problems. Pupils delve inside the computer and learn the fundamentals of how they work including learning binary and how to convert to binary from decimal. Building a spreadsheet model to calculate profit and loss incorporating the use of data, text, formulae and charts. Pupils will develop their use of Python further with some introductory coding challenges.

what to expect in year 8
 

In Year 8 we build upon the skills developed in the first year. From microbits to cyber crime, developing graphics to creating a website.  Students will go through a series of activities programming with micro:bits. They will learn how websites are created using HTML and CSS and will then make their own webpages. How to stay safe online and how to spot fraud and phishing. Learn the types of images used on computers and will learn some software skills to create their own images. Assessment will be through an exam followed by mini programming challenges.

what to expect in year 9
 

AccordionThe world of gaming is a key focus this year. Students will add to the knowledge of Python programming they acquired in year 8 and will learn and practice more fundamental programming concepts. To consolidate their knowledge of Python, students will create their own text based adventure game using Python.Using Unit, students will make their own platform style game.  Students will learn what networks are and how they work. We will use Microsoft Access to investigate how data is stored in databases and how it can be manipulated. 

why choose computing for gcse?
 

  • Computer Science develops a unique way of thinking about issues, problems and situations. It uses the powers of logic, algorithm, precision and abstraction.
  • Learning to code can be particularly valuable if you’re planning on studying humanities: it will give you an unusual and valuable combination of skills.
  • According to Jason Togyer, of the Carnagie Mellon University School of Computer Science, "computational thinking" can aid problem solving, help with understanding large amounts of information and can even be used when studying arts-based subjects
  • Computer science is intensely creative, enabling students to bring new things into being
  • IT skills are in short supply at the moment, so learning how to write  code – even the basics – could put you at an advantage over other candidates for a range of jobs