A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future
The following topics are expected to be delivered at KS3:
Year 7: Digital Literacy, Programming with Kodu Computers, Web awareness, Blogging Algorithms, Digital Imaging and Databases.
Year 8: App development & textual programming with Bitsbox, 3D modelling project with SketchUp, Programming with Python (& Minecraft Pi), Networking (Raspberry Pi) and Musical coding (Sonic Pi).
The topics in each year will be taught over a 4 week period and will be assessed accordingly. Assessment for each will be through baseline testing (initially) and end of topic test.