Computer Science

Overview:

Computing has deep links with Mathematics, Science and Design Technology, and the department will use opportunities throughout to teach concepts of these to students, encouraging students to see the utility of Technology in every-day life, allowing them to evaluate the software and tools available to them effectively to make their lives easier.

Career links

  • Game and Application Development

  • Network design and administration

  • Artificial Intelligence

  • Machine Learning and Big Data

  • Robotics and Hardware Design

Intent:

Rhyddings Computer science department will equip students with the Computational Thinking and Logical thinking skills that will set them up for the workplace of the future, where computers, software and artificial intelligence will have a greater role in running the world. These skills prepare students with the skills to approach problems of the future with confidence, decompose them, spot patterns, develop algorithms to help solve them and create abstractions and generalisations to use and develop software and technology in a way that will enable them to work smarter, not harder.

Rhyddings Computer science department is led by a subject specialist with a particular interest in tangible computing and encourages students to get a more “hands on” experience with these abstract concepts, by providing a curriculum that is visual, as well as theoretical and rigorous to provide a digitally literate workforce for the future; by offering both IT and Computer Science routes into future education.

Rhyddings Computer science Lessons will build resilient and tenacious learners, who view failure as an opportunity, and as such will encourage students to reach their own answer, rather than provide them with the “right” way.

 

Subject progression & sequencing (topic length in weeks)

 
Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2
Year 7
  • Introduction to systems at Rhyddings
  • E-Safety
  • Modelling Spreadsheets
  • Handling Data
  • Flowol- using control systems (1)
  • Flowol- using control systems
  • Computational Thinking
  • Scratch
  • Game making
Year 8
  • Introduction recap
  • Cyber Security
  • Cryptology (2)
  • Cryptology
  • Game making using BYOB
  • Digital Graphics
  • Computer Components
  • Text based Programming
  • Skills project
Year 9
  • Introduction recap
  • Cyber Security
  • Data Representation
  • Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns
  • Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns
  • Systems software
  • Animations
  • Text based Programming
  • Multimedia project

 

Computer Science

Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2
Year 10
  • Introduction to Computer Science
  • Systems Architecture
  • Memory & Storage
  • Independent project
  • Computer Networks Connections & Protocols
  • Network Security
  • Systems Software
  • Ethical Legal Cultural & Environmental Impacts of Digital Technology (2)
  • Ethical Legal Cultural & Environmental Impacts of Digital Technology
  • Algorithms
  • Programming Fundamentals (1)
  • Programming Fundamentals
Year 11
  • Producing Robust Programs
  • Boolean Logic
  • Programming Languages & Integrated Development Environments

Revision

  • The CPU
  • System Performance
  • Primary Memory
  • Secondary Storage
  • Networks
  • Layers & Packet Switching
  • Network Security Threats

Revision

  • Operating System
  • Utility Software
  • Ethical and Cultural Issues
  • Environmental Issues
  • Computer Legislation
  • Computational Thinking
  • Algorithms
  • Data Types and Operators

Revision

  • Constants, Variables and Strings
  • Program Flow
  • Arrays
  • File Handling
  • Storing and Searching Data
  • Sub Programs
  • Defensive Design
  • Testing
  • Boolean Operations
  • Languages and Translators
  • Integrated Development Environments

Revision

  • Binary and Denary
  • Hexadecimal
  • Character Sets and Compression
  • Storing Images
  • Storing Sound
 

 

iMedia

Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2
Year 10

R087

  • Multimedia Product LO1
  • LO2

R087

  • Multimedia Product LO2
  • LO3

R087

  • Multimedia Product LO3
  • LO3

R081

  • Exam Preparation

R081

  • Exam Preparation

R082

  • Digital Graphics LO4
Year 11

R084

  • Comic Strip LO2
  • LO3

R084

  • Comic Strip LO3
  • LO4

R082

  • Digital Graphics LO1
  • LO2

R082

  • Digital Graphics LO2
  • LO3

R082

  • Digital Graphics LO3
  • LO4

R082

  • Digital Graphics LO4

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