Computing KS3 Year 8

Computing KS3 Year 8


Social Networks:
Staff and pupils have in depth discussions surrounding the numerous social networking apps and websites.

A variety of issues are covered including online bullying, legal requirements and the way in which we interact with each other, Pupils are asked to produce a leaflet about the advantages and disadvantages of various social networking groups and learn to realise the growing impact they have on society. Pupils then get to debate whether the pros and cons of social networking and were they think it will develop in the future.


Spreadsheet modelling:
Building upon previous spreadsheet knowledge, this unit pupils learn to use a spreadsheet to explore a mathematical model.Pupils will be taught to use formulae in spreadsheets to answer ‘what if.?’ questions.

They will explore how changes in a spreadsheet affect results and identify simple rules. Pupilswill apply what they have learnt in this unit and understand that spreadsheets can be used to explore mathematical and scientific models. Pupils follow a Harry Potter themed task to help develop their understanding and learn to grasp new ideas and ways of creating formulae to generate answers.



Using Internet to search large databases and to interpret information:
 “Not everything we read on the internet is accurate” (Abraham Lincoln). Pupils work through a variety of tasks to help learn to skim read and pick out only important pieces of information that they can also understand rather than just copy and pasting information from Wikipedia to answer questions.
Pupils learn the benefits of inputting accurate information into search engines and at times they will be critical of content and may be able to check for different viewpoints. Pupils will present the researched information in form suitable of their audience. To ensure pupils don’t waste time on the internet, staff will research suitable sites to ensure success.
Information Technology:
 This unit introduces pupils to some technological terminology and the history of computing. They will learn about hardware including input, output and storage devices. They will also look at software including operating systems, applications software and utilities software.
They will learn about the main phases in the development of computers from the abacus to the present day and finally the development of the internet and cloud computing. This unit will give the pupils a deeper understanding of technology and make sure they are familiar with common terms.


 In this unit, pupils learn the basics of programming using Scratch. They learn how to draw algorithms to plan code, create loops, If.Then.Else statements, use variables and broadcast messages. They practise making several different types of games and finally plan, create and evaluate their own game about healthy eating.


This unit reaffirms importance of online safety that the pupils are made aware of in September and during PHSE/pastoral times. A more in-depth look teaches the pupils about how to stay safe when using the internet and social networking websites.
They look at the effects of cyber bullying and what to do if they are being bullied or see somebody else being bullied. They also learn about the dangers to their technology including viruses, worms and Trojans. The students work together in groups to create an advertising campaign about what they have learnt including a TV advert and presentation which they will present to the rest of the class.
Throughout Key Stage 4, Years 10 and 11, pupils follow a Functional Skills course in Computing.
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