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The aim of learning Computing is to enable students to become active participants in the world. It isn't just about producing programmers.
At KS3, all pupils have one computing lesson each week. They follow the national curriculum with these three strands:
These roughly correspond to the three bulletpoints above.
What is computing? Careers in computing
Online safety: Digital resilience
Office skills taught within a project
Safe and effective searching. Biases and reliable information
Online safety during antibullying week, 15-19 Nov 2021
Hour of Code activities during Computer Science Education Week (Week beginning 6th December 2021)
Hardware and Software- what components make up a computer, a games console or even traffic lights?
Safer Internet Day (8 February)- "All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online"
Coding (Scratch)- a simple introduction, building on some of the concepts from the Hour of Code
Further work using Scratch, concentrating on the following ideas: sequencing, variables, selection, operators, count-controlled iteration
Online safety- critical thinking
Work using tiny Micro:bits - reinforcing coding skills from last term.
Online safety- online identity
Images- how they are taken, manipulated and stored. Does the camera ever lie? Sounds, video and other types of files- how they can be stored and manipulated.
Creative projects based on work from this year and the trips.
Online safety activity -what implications does this have for social media and body image?
Our Computing Team
(Vacant) - Curriculum Lead
S Campbell- Firsbrook
S Iqbal and T Hayward - Grove
N Khan- Link
E Davies - Millpool
BBC Bitesize is an excellent start, with information, quizzes and video clips.
We take part in the Hour of Code each December, but the resources are available all year-round. They include some computing activities that don't need the internet or even a computer!
Scratch is a language using blocks (so you don't have to memorise commands). It seems simple, but it and the more advanced Snap! can be used to teach concepts right up to University level.
The NSPCC has excellent resources to help keep children and families safe online.
Our safeguarding advice for parents page contains some further resources for online safety.