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LGGS  MG 5902

Key Stage 3: In recent years there has been a shift towards Computer Science, which has seen some fantastic changes in the curriculum.

Computer Science is taken to mean the understanding of how computers operate, the systems which are used in their operation and how to program them.
The aim of the KS3 curriculum is twofold: it must prepare students for GCSE, but it must also prepare students with the skills they need to be able to operate in today’s world. 

The KS3 Units are as follows:
YEAR 7 YEAR 8 YEAR 9
Office Projects HTML Python
Microbit Networks CPU
Scratch History of technology Data Representation
Cryptography Computational Thinking ICT in Society 
Kodu Databases and SQL E-safety
We use the Python programming language which is a fantastic language for teaching and a well-known language in industry. It is also free to download and use at home.  Currently we are using Python 3.1.Scratch is a graphical programming language which we use to allow students a different perspective on programming.  We use this to bring to life some of the Computer Science concepts.  Again this can be downloaded for free at home or accessed through the web.

Access to Computers
We have several Windows based suites which are used for most of our day to day teaching.  These are available at lunchtimes, break times and before & after school for students to complete research, print or do Computer Science homework.  We understand that students may not be able to access the software they require at home, which is why these labs are available throughout the day.

We also have a Raspberry Pi lab.  
All the desks in Room 7 are equipped with a Windows machine and a Raspberry Pi.
We are currently running KS3 Code Club held on Thursday lunchtime in Room 3.
There is also a drop in session for KS4 and KS5 on Tuesday after school and during Friday lunchtime.

GCSE Exam Board: AQA:Specification J276 

A-level Exam Board: AQA:
Specification 7517

If you need any further details about any of the above courses please contact: 
Miss J Clapham, Head of Computing.

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Key Stage 4 (KS4)

Key Stage 4:  At KS4, the Computer Science department offers GCSE Computer Science:
Specification J276 

The links give details as to how the courses are structured and assessed.  
The list below shows some of the topics studied in the course. 

GCSE Computer Science
Programming in Python How Storage Media Work Designing a Solution
How a Processor Works Algorithms  

Assessment:    2 Examinations: 40% each    Non Examination Assessment: 20%​
 

GCSE Computer Science is concerned with building the infrastructure in the first place. Computer Science students may be considering careers directly in the field (Software Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Computer Scientist etc) or indirectly in related fields (the Sciences, many forms of Engineering, research, Medicine).
University admissions' offices are increasingly viewing Computer Science as a desirable subject, even for apparently unrelated fields.

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Key Stage 5 (KS5)

Key Stage 5: At KS5 level, the Computing department offers one option, namely: 
A-level Computer Science (AQA).

In this course you will learn how to programme (in Python), the system life cycle, how the Internet is built, how networks work, how processors work, common algorithms, databases and numbering systems.
This course is well matched to various university courses including Computer Science, Software Engineering, Maths, any of the Sciences or even fields such as Medicine.
For students who wish to consider an alternative career path, Computer Science is a fantastic way to demonstrate a logical way of thinking.  It gives a good understanding of how many of the systems and machines around us operate.

Software
We use a wide and varied set of software to provide students with a wide and varied experience of the tools that are available. However much of the software which we use is open source which, among other things, means that you can download and install it for free at home.  
 

Most of this software will work on Windows, Linux and Mac.
MIT AppInventor Pygame Kodu
Notepad++ Python 3  
SQLite Scratch  


Access to Computers
We have several Windows based suites which are used for most of our day to day teaching.  These are available at lunchtimes, break times and before & after school for students to complete research, print or do Computer Science homework.  We understand that students may not be able to access the software they require at home, which is why these labs are available throughout the day.

We also have a Raspberry Pi lab.  
All the desks in Room 7 are equipped with a Windows machine and a Raspberry Pi.

We are currently running KS3 Code Club held on Thursday lunchtime in Room 3.
There is also a drop in session for KS4 and KS5 on Tuesday after school and during Friday lunchtime.

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