Key Stage 3 Computing
Year 7 have been investigating binary and python basics. The python work builds on the programming skills the students learnt when they completed Scratch in the Autumn term.
Year 8 have been designing their own music festival and have planned a website to promote this music festival. The students have incorporated a variety of features into their websites, including scrolling text, videos and slideshows. We have been investigating the programing language HTML that sits behind the websites and look at challenging the students to write some HTML code to help produce their websites.
Year 9 have been learning about media and have looked at some of the theory behind films, looking at a range of audiences and purposes and also learning about different narrative structures and character types. They have worked in groups and have planned a film trailer for a teenage audience with a purpose of escapism. The students have produced their scripts and have spent time filming. They are in the process of editing the video clips and incorporating sound effects for the trailer and have a finished product. I am looking forward to seeing what the students produce as there are some interesting ideas and have been some interesting costumes!
GCSE Computer Science
Year 10 have completed all the theory for paper 1, Principles of Computer Science! This theory consists of systems architecture and software, looking at data representation including binary, hexadecimal and sound, learning about networks and how different networks are structured and work, this includes the internet, looking at security of networks and a variety of security issues and finally learning about ethical and environmental issues surrounding Computer Science including legislation. You have all worked extremely hard this year and I look forward to next year when we will focus on paper 2, and the practical elements of the course.
Curriculum Leader for the C.A.T. Faculty