Computing

Why do we study Computing?


Computing at Hurworth enables students to acquire new skills in the three disciplines of Computer Science, Digital Literacy and Online Safety. Our aim is to create digital citizens whom are confident, safe users of technology.

• The Computer Science elements of the course aim to provide students with problem solving skills and basic knowledge of computer systems.
• Digital literacy modules aim to provide learners with lifelong ICT skills including Microsoft Office proficiency and the ability to create and edit digital images.
• Online Safety components of the curriculum ensure that students have the skills to use digital devices safely and what to do in potentially dangerous situations.

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) have stated that true employability depends on mastering the basic skills in communication, self-management, team working, problem solving, application of IT, business and customer awareness and the application of numeracy. All of these skills are developed in Computing.

Year 7


Learning Outcomes
• Students shall use the design process to set up a game design company.
• Develop a logo for a purpose
• Recognise online safety practices
• Develop Word Processing skills
• Create algorithms to control real world scenarios
• Create a text adventure game using sequence and selection

Topics Taught
Autumn Term
Spring Term
Summer Term

Basic skills and routines
Logo Design
Online Safety
Word Processing skills
Algorithm training with flowcharts
Game design for beginners


Year 8


Learning Outcomes
Students shall use the design process to develop their game design company.

• Design a computer system for a purpose
• Create a digital graphic for a purpose
• Develop Spreadsheet skills
• Create a text adventure game using sequence, selection and iteration

Topic Taught
Autumn Term
Spring Term
Summer Term

Computer Hardware
Graphic Design
Spreadsheet skills
Intermediate game design


Year 9


Learning Outcomes
Students shall use the design process to further develop their game design company.

• Design a computer network
• Create a database for a purpose
• Develop a website for a purpose
• Create a text adventure game using modular sequence, selection and iteration

Topic Taught
Autumn Term
Spring Term
Summer Term

Network Design
Database Skills
Web Design
Game Design
Duke of York Award


GCSE Computer Science


Year 10


Exam Specification

Learning Outcomes
This component will encourage students to develop and apply computational thinking skills. Students will be introduced to algorithms and programming, learning about programming techniques, how to produce robust programs, computational logic, translators and facilities of computing languages and data representation. Students will become familiar with computing related mathematics.

Topic Taught
Autumn Term
Spring Term
Summer Term

Translators & facilities of languages
Programming techniques
Producing robust programs
Programming Project
Data Representation
Data Representation
Algorithms


Year 11


Exam Specification

Learning Outcomes
This component will introduce students to the Central Processing Unit (CPU), computer memory and storage, wired and wireless networks, network topologies, system security and system software.

Students will become familiar with the impact of Computer Science in a global context through the study of the ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns associated with Computer Science.

Topic Taught
Autumn Term
Spring Term
Summer Term

Systems Architecture
Memory
Storage
Wired & Wireless Networks
Network topologies, protocols & layers
System Security
Systems Software
Ethics

Creative iMedia



Year 10


Exam Specification
Creative iMedia Cambridge Nationals

Learning Outcomes
Pre-Production documents
Students will understand the purpose and uses of a range of pre-production techniques. They will be able to plan pre-production of a creative digital media product to a client brief, and will understand how to review pre-production documents.

Digital Photography
Students will understand the features and settings of digital photographic equipment, be able to plan a photo shoot, review the digital photographs and review the final portfolio against a specific brief.

Topic Taught
Autumn Term
Spring Term
Summer Term

Pre-production documents
Digital Photography Skills
Digital Photography Research
Digital Photography Practical Assessment


Year 11


Exam Specification

Learning Outcomes
Creating a Digital Graphic
Students will understand the purpose and properties of digital graphics, and know where and how they are used. They will be able to plan the creation of digital graphics, create new digital graphics using a range of editing techniques and review a completed graphic against a specific brief.

Creating a Multipage Website
Students will be able to explore and understand the different properties, purposes and features of multipage websites, plan and create a multipage website and review the final website against a specific brief.

Topic Taught
Autumn Term
Spring Term
Summer Term

Digital Graphics Skills
Digital Graphics Assessment
Web Design Skills
Web Design Assessment