Key Stage 3 covers the new national curriculum for Computing.
Year 7 build on some of the skills that they have developed in Year 6. Students learn about the school network, new technologies such as SmartPhones. They will develop their knowledge and understanding of Binary Language. They will use spreadsheets for modelling and interrogating databases. They will review how to stay safe online and how to program games using software such as Scratch. They will learn about computer hardware and how this functions in a computer. By the end of Year 7, students should have developed confidence in using the school network and how computers work.
In Year 8 students develop their understanding of hardware and software. They develop their use of binary and digital representation. They learn how to create websites and use HTML code. They further develop their logical skills for planning, developing and creating program codes. They will review e-safety and cyber security. They will also develop their use of spreadsheets and databases.
In Year 9 students develop a deeper understanding of technology such as networks and types of computers. They learn a new programming language such as Python and understand how algorithms are used to develop effective computer programs. They learn how to develop Apps and develop their understanding of databases. They will use Flash animations to create digital artefacts. They will become more resilient learners.