Computing KS3 Year 9

Computing KS3 Year 9

Autumn

Modelling with Spreadsheets:
Pupils build upon already existing knowledge completing a variety of tasks on fictional scenarios identifying areas of strength and where knowledge needs strengthened.

In this unit it’s important to ensure pupils have fully grasped simple formulae, cell referencing etc. Pupils will be able to understand and describe how to construct and manipulate a spreadsheet model and predict consequences of certain decisions i.e. running a school tuck shop.

 

Processing text and images:
In this unit pupils will prepare a printed newspaper and produce a video news report. They gather, process and output information in text and image form.

Pupils work to complete different aspects of a newspaper then join together to form a full newspaper and then work to produce a ‘live’ bulletin. They learn to develop strategies of group working including data sharing. There are a variety of opportunities for cross curricular links e.g. English, Geography (weather), MFL (newspaper can be translated).

Spring

Binary and Control:
Pupils start by understanding howcomputers are used to control a lot of what we use in society and how computers and other technologies communicate with each other. Pupils then learn how about binary and how computers use it to carry out their jobs.

Pupils learn to convert whole (denary) numbers to binary and then denary numbers to binary, this also provides opportunity for cross curricular links e.g. math. Pupils follow on from being able to covert these numbers to gaining more understanding of how technology is controlled e.g. sensors on a car, ticket barriers at a station, boiling of a kettle.

Networks:
Different networks are explored and discussed about what type of network is used where and what network is best suited for different establishments. The benefits of each network are looked at and what possible disadvantages could be with each network style.

Summer

Modelling with Spreadsheets:
Pupils build upon already existing knowledge completing a variety of tasks on fictional scenarios identifying areas of strength and where knowledge needs strengthened. In this unit it’s important to ensure pupils have fully grasped simple formulae, cell referencing etc.

Pupils will be able to understand and describe how to construct and manipulate a spreadsheet model and predict consequences of certain decisions i.e. running a school tuck shop

 

Processing text and images:
In this unit pupils will prepare a printed newspaper and produce a video news report. They gather, process and output information in text and image form.Pupils work to complete different aspects of a newspaper then join together to form a full newspaper and then work to produce a ‘live’ bulletin.

They learn to develop strategies of group working including data sharing. There are a variety of opportunities for cross curricular links e.g. English, Geography (weather), MFL (newspaper can be translated).

Throughout Key Stage 4, Years 10 and 11, pupils follow a Functional Skills course in Computing.
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