Key Stage 3 Computing
Key Stage 3 Computing has started this academic year with year 7 pupils learning about different aspects of online safety including cyber-bullying, social networking and how to stay safe using this media. They will be learning about viruses and other dangers to technology. They will also be learning about the digital footprint.
The teaching of online safety is crucial with young people. It isn’t to tell them not to use social media and different technologies, but to make them aware and give them the skills to be able to keep both themselves and others safe. It is designed to give pupils the knowledge about privacy settings, private accounts and to make them aware of where they can go for help and support.
Year 8 pupils are learning about internet searching techniques and looking into a variety of research including primary and secondary research, with the girls conducting their own primary research around the topic of aliens. The girls will be analysing their findings and then producing an information leaflet about aliens using a variety of sources.
Year 9 pupils are learning about website design. They will be looking at a variety of websites and their different features. They will be designing their own websites and creating them using ‘serif web plus’.
GCSE Computer Science
Computer Science is off to a great start this academic year. Year 11 have been looking at encryption and databases and will be moving onto looking at how the internet works and different network topologies.
Year 10 have made a fantastic start to Computer Science. They have learnt about the CPU components and how the CPU works. We are currently learning about a variety of storage devices and how they work.
BTEC Creative Media Production
Year 11 are looking at interactive aspects of media, focusing on websites and looking at how websites are designed to target certain audiences. This will end with the students designing and creating their own homepage for a website for a teenage audience. The students will then be preparing for their practical exam.
Curriculum Leader for C.A.T. Faculty
and Teacher of Computing