Key Stage 3 Computing
In a world where Information Technology is forever changing and the demands are for everyone to be IT literate are ever increasing, IT is becoming the essential subject. It is not just about using software programs but much, much more...
“The PC has improved the world in just about every area you can think of. Amazing developments in communications, collaboration and efficiencies. New kinds of entertainment and social media. Access to information and the ability to give a voice people who would never have been heard.” - Bill Gates
Year 7 - Pupils move forwards from their basic IT and Computing skills developed in primary school and look at how to use software in a more professional manner. They review their basic ICT skills, prepare a presentation about themselves, produce a number of spreadsheets for Harry Potter and discuss a number of issues regarding E-Safety. They then finish off the year with some work on Logic (the background to computer programming) and create a Movie Trailer.
Year 8 - Pupils continue to develop their basic IT and Computing skills (eg file management and internet research skills). They then work on units covering the use and design of databases; designing, creating and evaluating a website; creating interactive games using “Scratch” and expanding on their Year 7 spreadsheet skills, to include functions, conditional formatting and locking the spreadsheet by making a picture quiz.
Year 9 – Pupils end the KS3 course by looking at the history of computers and the hardware that makes all of this possible; they do some more logical thinking and program in a text based computer language called Python. They finish the year with a GCSE style project to draw all of their skills together and prepare them for the start of the GCSE ICT and Computing courses.
Assessment takes place in a number of ways for each unit.
- Literacy tests – A set of keywords which are learnt for homework and tested in the next lesson
- Yacapaca tests – An online testing program which tests knowledge of each individual unit.
- Project work – The work produced for each unit is marked and a score is given.
The overall assessment for each unit is a combination of these three marks.
Ways to help my child succeed
- Test them on the key words.
- Ask them about what they are doing in their IT and Computing lessons.
- Prompt them to attend in school support sessions and lunchtime homework sessions in the IT Hub and IT rooms.
- NB: You don’t have to buy specialist equipment for home – we have plenty of computers in school that can be used at lunchtime or after school!