Computing Teacher: Mr A Sallu | asallu@themast.co.uk

Students at Kirkburton Middle School study Computing for one hour per week throughout Years 6, 7 and 8. Students also have many opportunities to use computers in other subjects, where they are taught new skills and also are able to practise the skills that they have learned in their Computing lessons.


Curriculum Overview

Year 6

Autumn Term
  • Basic Skills - Introduction to the school network, passwords. Skills and knowledge to build keyboard and mouse dexterity. Familiarisation with common software packages.
  • Introduction to Spreadsheets - Pupils will work through a set of learning exercises in Excel covering cell references, basic formulae ( +, -, /, *) and the SUM and AVERAGE functions.
Spring Term
  • Project Mars – Computer Theory - Pupils envisage how computers communicate in Binary & common computer parts. Pupils will look at how computers are programmed by accurately writing instructions.
  • Project Mars – Programming in Scratch - Pupils will investigate the importance of creating accurate sequences of commands and control a Turtle on the computer to draw specific shapes.
Summer Term
  • E-Safety - Pupils will discuss online safety & which measures should be put in place to protect oneself from the dangers on the internet.
  • Textual programming Introduction - Pupils will develop programming skills through a project.

Year 7

Autumn Term
  • Vector Graphics – Logo Design - Pupils will look at company logos and at what features make a good logo. They will produce logos for specific companies or organisations using a specialist software package. 
  • Logo Programming - Pupils will use a variety of simple and complex commands to programme shapes and patterns in LOGO, paying careful attention to sequencing.
Spring Term
  • Computer Theory - Pupils will develop their skills and knowledge in computational theory ranging from Binary, Logic Gates & what components make up a computer.
  • Textual Programming - Pupils will write a series of commands in BBC BASIC to achieve an outcome or a solution to a problem.
Summer Term
  • Spreadsheets & Cryptography - Pupils will embed knowledge and skills on spreadsheet formulae & the creation of graphs. Pupils will then look at the work of Alan Turing and build spreadsheets to break coded messages.
  • Animation & Control - Pupils will create animations and games through coding on Scratch & Flowcharts (FLOWOL).

Year 8

Autumn Term
  • Posters & Presentation - Pupils will revisit skills learnt in year 7 to develop a Halloween party poster using a software package. 
  • Maths Machine Programming - Pupils are to code a maths calculator using BBC BASIC.
  • Computer Theory - Pupils will develop and embed knowledge and skills on: Binary, computer hardware, logic gates, units of storage.
Spring Term
  • Textual Programming - Pupils will write a series of commands in BBC BASIC to achieve an outcome or a solution to a problem.
  • Sequencing & Control - Pupils will sequence flowcharts in FLOWOL to control a CAR PARK SYSTEM in a set of sequenced scenarios.
Summer Term
  • Advanced Spreadsheets - Pupils will revisit and embed spreadsheets formulae. Then look at the creation of advanced formulae (IF STATEMENTS).
  • Databases - Pupils will look at how databases are used and discuss how their own details are collected and stored on various databases around the world. They will then learn how to create and append databases, use queries to gather information

Careers in Computing

GCSE Computer Science will allow students to continue onto A-Level Computing or Computer Science, A-Level ICT and Level 3 BTEC ICT. Beyond this students can progress to degree level courses in the areas of ICT and Computing. Whilst this specification is not specifically mapped to any particular industry standard IT qualifications it will provide a sound preparatory basis of study for them. In addition the course provides the knowledge, skills and understanding that a growing number of employers are demanding.

Careers in ICT & Computing include:

  • Analyst Programmers.
  • Chief Information Officers.
  • Communications Trade Workers.
  • Computer Network Professionals.
  • Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security.
  • ICT Business and Systems Analysts.
  • ICT Managers.
  • ICT Sales Assistants.
  • ICT Teacher
  • ICT Technician
  • Software Engineer
  • ICT Consultant
  • Games Designer
     

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