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Computing

Curriculum Intent

Computing is constantly evolving and is essential to the way we live and work. At Grace Academy Coventry we strongly believe that ICT capability is essential if students are to make effective use of modern technology and enhance learning in all subject areas and subsequently later, in the wider world of work. Our curriculum will provide and empower students with additional skills and knowledge to become digitally literate and be suitable candidates for the workforce and active participants in a digital world.

Students are encouraged to use lateral and logical thinking, alongside learning programming and coding skills.

We currently offer a KS3 curriculum which focuses upon computational thinking, ICT-related issues and other areas of the National Curriculum. In KS4, students are able to focus upon digital iMedia, with KS4 computing planned for first delivery in September 2022.

This term (term 6), we are studying… 

Year

Topic(s)

Why this? Why now?

Year 7

Introduction to programming and sequencing 

This term you will gain an introduction to programming and sequencing whilst gaining a sound knowledge of computer networks and systems. Sequences are the main logical structure of algorithms or programmes. This term, students are creating algorithms or programmes, with instructions presented in a specific correct order as they have gained the skill set from previous topic (computational thinking). This will be a key focus in Year 8. 

Year 8

Computing systems

This term you focus on Computer systems, allowing you to understand a set of integrated devices that input, output, process, and store data and information. Students will develop a better understanding of computer systems used today, such as mobile phones, keyboards, touchscreens, barcode scanners, touchpads etc. This is also a progression from Year 7. 

Year 9

IT and the world of work 

Year 9 have been taught Cybersecurity, Introduction to Python Programming, Trade Your Way, Advanced Networks, and Pre-production documents. This term the focus is IT and the world of work, as information technology helps to build and grow the commerce and business sector and generate maximum possible output. Students need to learn that it provides electronic security, storage, and efficient communication. This contextualises what students have learnt and how it impacts a working environment. 

Year 10

R082 Digital Graphics 

(iMedia)

Students are continuing with the creation of graphics in preparation for submitting the R082 unit upon returning in September.

Qualification information:

https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse/computer-science-j277-from-2020/

 

Curriculum content:

Attached are the curriculum maps which outline the sequence we use in order to structure our learning. If you would like to support your child's learning, we have attached links to Oak National Academy who provide lessons, activities and resources for commonly taught topics. Please use the curriculum map for this subject before visiting:

https://teachers.thenational.academy/subjects/computing/key-stages/key-stage-3

https://teachers.thenational.academy/subjects/computing/key-stages/key-stage-4

Our Values

LIMITLESS POTENTIAL 
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