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Computer Science

Computers, ICT and technology play an important role in a student’s life, both in and out of the classroom. Ashlyns school prides itself on offering an open approach to using technology in a thoughtful and progressive manner. Through offering students the ability to use technology in all aspects of the curriculum, we aim to equip students for an increasingly online world.

Through their work in the Computer Science (CS) department, students are encouraged to develop informed, intelligent and confident attitudes to computers and technology, so that they will develop abilities which, as well as being of value in school, prepare them for their further education and careers. Cross-curricular links with Computing are strongly encouraged and many lessons in other subjects either take place in our shared Computing suites or in the departments themselves. The CS department has suites around the building and there are clusters of computers elsewhere in the school. This arrangement enables departments throughout the school to share centralised resources, including the storage of students’ work, access to material prepared by staff, a wide range of software, access to the Internet and Study Site, etc.

Key Stage 3

Term Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Autumn 1 E  Safety Web  Design Technology System  Architecture
Autumn 2 Digital  Literacy and G Suite Database  Development Networks
Spring
1
Using  Computers Safely and Responsibly Computer  Systems Python  Programming
Spring
2
Computer  Crime and Cyber Security Control  System (Flowol Flowchart and Pseudo Code) Spreadsheet  Modelling
Summer 1 Understanding  Computers Digital  Literacy Biometrics  and Security Aspects of Computing
Summer 2 Programming  Fundamentals using Python 3 Digital  Literacy Sketchup

Key Stage 4

Exam Board:  https://ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse/computer-science-j276-from-2016/

Term Year 10 Year 11
Autumn
1
Systems Architecture; Programming Systems software and security
Autumn
2
Networks; Programming Ethics
Spring
1
Algorithms; Programming Data Representations
Spring
2
Algorithms; Programming Revision of theory and topics
Summer
1
Logic and Languages; Programming Revision of theory and topics
Summer
2
NEA Programming Project Revision of theory and topics

Key Stage 5

Exam Board:  OCR

Term Year 12 Year 13
Autumn
1
The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices Data Types;           Project:  Design
Autumn 2 Exchanging Data Project solving and programming; Project:  Develop
Spring
1
Elements of computational thinking; Exchanging Data Algorithms; Project:  Evaluate
Spring
2
Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues; Data Types Algorithms
Summer 1 Data Types; Problem solving and programming Revision of theory and topics
Summer 2 Project:  Analysis of the problem; revision of Y12 topics Revision of theory and topics

 

Extra-Curricular activities

We offer a variety of extra-curricular clubs to support students in their studies and to develop their computing and ICT skills, including homework club, computing and programming club and revision sessions.

Useful Links

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zvc9q6f
https://www.python.org/
http://www.learnpython.org/
http://www.codecademy.com/
http://www.w3schools.com/
http://code.org/learn
http://www.teach-ict.com
http://computer.howstuffworks.com/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zqmtsbk
http://www.homeworkelephant.co.uk/

For more course information and resource details, please visit the RMUnify and Computer Science Class area.