The Grey Coat Hospital

Church of England Comprehensive School for Girls

ICT and Computing

About the Subject

The National Curriculum encourages the exploration and development of the links with mathematics, science and design and technology.  The development of computational thinking and creativity is also considered to be able to help students to understand and change the world.

Over the current academic year (2017 / 2018) it is the aim to make a full transition to the latest programme of study for Computing with success criteria mapped to levels on an F1 to 9 scale adopted by The Grey Coat Hospital following the removal of the old National Curriculum levels.

Students in Years 7 to 9 will be assessed against these criteria and awarded a corresponding grade; it is anticipated these grades will closely reflect expected outcomes at GCSE with the proviso that GCSE qualifications have an additional requirement for students to be able to demonstrate synoptic understanding.

The three main strands of the ICT and Computing curriculum are Information Technology, Digital Literacy and Computing with 9 sub-strands divided amongst the main headings.

"Computer science: grade descriptors for GCSEs graded 9 to 1" are available on Ofqual's site.

Please click on the link below to see The National curriculum in England: computing programmes of study

National Curriculum: Computing

 

Year 7 ICT

Some topics may change as the full transition to a new curriculum is made. However, it is anticipated that topics covered in Year 7 will include:

  • Under the hood of a computer

  • Thinking like a computer scientist

  • Drawing and manipulating shapes

  • Creating an animation

  • eSafety

  • Foundations of Computing

  • How the web works

  • Creating a web page from the ground up

  • Representing images

  • Programming a calculator

  • Programming a quiz

Year 8 ICT

Some topics may change as the full transition to a new curriculum is made. However, it is anticipated that topics covered in Year 8 will include:

  • Operating Systems

  • CMD, the command line

  • Binary

  • Instruction set design

  • eSafety

  • Programming using selection and boolean

  • Connecting to the internet

  • Sorted

  • Can you make a computer appear smart?

Year 9 ICT

Some topics may change as the full transition to a new curriculum is made. However, it is anticipated that topics covered in Year 9 will include:

  • Cracking the code

  • Representing sounds

  • eSafety

  • Simple database tables

  • Searching

  • Networks

  • Scripting

  • Digital Circuits

  • Computer architecture

Aims

Our curriculum aims to ensure all students are able to:

  • understand and apply the fundamental principles of computer science
  • analyse problems in computational terms, and have practical experience of writing computer programs
  • evaluate and apply information technology analytically to solve problems
  • become responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information communication technology
  • use technology in a safe, respectful and responsible manner