Computer Science

Closure For Xmas Holiday

Please note: school closes on Friday 20th December at 12.45pm for the Xmas holiday and re-opens on Monday 6th January normal time, 8.40am.

Computer Science

Autumn Term

Topic

Overview

Hardware and Software
  • Input, output and storage devices
  • Internal complements of a computer system
  • Types of software including utility, application, system and operating system software 
  • Database management and manipulation 
Text Based Programming
  • An introduction to Small Basic
  • Statements, Properties and Operators
  • Variables
  • Conditions and Loops
  • Branching and sub-routines

  

Social, Moral, Spiritual & Cultural and British Values Links

    • SMSC – Code of ethics when writing computer programs
    • SMSC – Self-reflection in programming 
    • SMSC:  respect the law and consequences of actions
    • SMSC – self discipline 
    • BV: respect of others view and opinions 

 

Careers, Advice, Information & Guidance Links

Coding solutions for end users  

 

Home Learning this Term

    • Literacy for learning – spellings
    • Research into the history of Computer Systems (timeline)
    • Home items with a microprocessor
    • Algorithms

 

Spring Term

Topic

Overview

Logic
  • Data Representation
  • Binary to denary 
  • Denary to binary
  • Truth tables
  • Logic gates 

  

 

Social, Moral, Spiritual & Cultural and British Values Links

    • SMSC – self discipline

 

Careers, Advice, Information & Guidance Links

Producing a logical set of instructions to problem solve 

 

Home Learning this Term

    • Literacy for learning - spellings
    • The new computer language
    • Coded messages
    • Binary to denary conversion
    • Denary to binary conversion  

 

 

Summer Term

Topic

Overview

My SQL
  • Using SQL as a database management tool
  • Creating a table
  • Populating a table
  • Manipulating data in a table
  • Deleting data 
  • Creating relationships between data 

 

Social, Moral, Spiritual & Cultural and British Values Links

    • SMSC: Keeping data secure
    • BV: The rule of law 

 

Careers, Advice, Information & Guidance Links

Students get the opportunity to experience a command driven database system that is used outside of schools and colleges 

 

Home Learning this Term

    • Literacy for learning – spellings
    • Database key terms
    • The use of MySQL in the real world
    • Recall key terms

 

 

Year 8 Computer Science Summary

The year 8 Computer Science curriculum builds a firm foundation of computer science principals including knowledge of computer systems, computational thinking and programming.  Student start to understand how the internal components of a computer feed into a complete computer systems and how the different types of software work alongside the hardware to make a computer system do what we need.   

Students are introduced to binary and learn how units of data are stored in a computer system.  

Programming concepts in year 8 move away from block based programming and focus more on students learning commands in preparation for GCSE Computer Science.