Computing

General Information

Nowadays, Computing is an integral part of our lives. It is therefore essential that pupils are computer literate. Computing is taught 1 lessons per week in KS3 to all students, by two experienced teachers.

 

Staffing

Staff Member
Role
 Mr E. Sherwood
 Subject Leader of Computing
 Mrs A. Cromarty
 Computing Teacher

 

Key Stage 3 (Year 7 and 8)

KS3 focusses on developing Information Technology, Computer Science and Digital Literacy. The course at KS3, which is continually being developed, using the Classmates series of units. It is complemented with units on the BBC Micro:bits, Python programming language and Android Apps using App Inventor.

 

Key Stage 4 (Year 9, 10 and 11)

Currently, GCSE Computer Science is an option at KS4, taught by Mr Sherwood. It is taught 3 lessons per week and pupils work towards the GCSE from the OCR board. This consists of two exams worth 40% each and a None Exam Assessment worth 20% (although there is a current consultation occurring that could change this). The resources used are a combination between departmental resources, Axsied worksheets and video course. This is a very specialised course and requires students to have good analytical skills as well as creative skills. They also need to have very good programming skills. As such, it is very demanding and requires a lot of extra work to be successful at it.

Cambridge Nationals in Information Technologies is a second optional course, taught by both Mr Sherwood and Mrs Cromarty. This allows students who wish to continue to study Information Technology, but are not able to do the GCSE Computer Science, to be able to do so. It is taught 2 lessons per week in Years 9 and 10 only. It consists of a 20 hour Controlled Assessment worth 50% and an exam worth 50%. 

Exam Board: OCR
Controlled Assessment (Coursework)
0%
There is a None Exam Assessment, which lasts 20 hours. You have to do one of three tasks supplied by OCR. It no longer counts towards the exam, but you have to have spent 20 hours on it.
Exam
100%
There are two papers, 1.5 hours long. Each exam paper is worth 50%. You answer all questions. There is a mixture of short and long answer questions, some of which will require you to write program code. Paper 1 is on Computer Systems and Paper 2 is on Computational thinking, algorithms and programming.
Content
For Paper 1 Computer Systems, you will cover: Systems Architecture; Memory; Storage; Wired and wireless networks; Network topologies, protocols and layers; System security; System software; Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns.
For Paper 2 Computational thinking, algorithms and programming, you will cover: Algorithms; Programming techniques; Producing robust programs; Computational logic; Translators and facilities of languages; Data representation.
You will investigate computer programming. You will need a mental model of a computer system, which comprises hardware (the CPU, binary logic, ROM/RAM, storage, etc) and software (operating system, utility programs, open source, SQL, etc). You will need to know about networks and the internet. You will need to write a report for the None Exam Assessment. You will need to be able to learn and use technical language eg variables, constants, iterations, conditionals, strings, loops, flow control, algorithm.
Revision Resources
 - You have been supplied with a revision guide and a workbook, to practice answering exam style questions.
 - You can get a copy of the homework question sheets and information sheets, covering the whole of the course, from the Shared Area
 - Dynamic Learning website - You have a username and password for Hodder Dynamic Learning website   (Centre ID: 15372)
 - BBC Bitesize website
Revision Techniques
Flash cards
Create flash cards covering the most common computer terms on the front and the description on the back. Use these test yourself.
Interactive   games
On the I AM LEARNING website there are some interactive games that you play, to add some variety to your revision.
Revision Guide
Read the topics in the blue Revision Guide, then test yourself in the white Exam Practice Workbook. Check your answers in the back and if there are any issues, discuss these with your teacher.
GCSEPod
Watch the GCSEPod videos for the OCR Computer Science course. As you watch a video, try to create a mindmap of what is covered in it. Afterwards, look at the mindmap and see if it helps you recall all that was covered in the video.
Exam Technique
Practise long answers, these can be worth 6, 8 or even more marks. It is worth noting that the information should be enough for the marks available. Make sure you plan your answers, use sentences and paragraphs. Make use of connectives. These are used to award marks for the quality of written communication!