Computer Science

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Computer Science

Autumn Term

Topic

Overview

Computer Systems (Unit 1)

  • Identify input, output and storage devices
  • identify the basic function of the common internal components of a computer; motherboard, CPU, RAM, BIOS, hard disks.
  • describe the purpose of RAM
  • describe the purpose of Cache
  • Identify the basic function of common peripherals
  • Explain the purpose of secondary storage

Give examples of common types of secondary storage and key characteristics

  • Identify appropriate use of secondary storage devices with respect to capability, speed, portability and cost.

  • Describe Computer Science technologies with consideration of moral issues

Python Programming
  • Output to screen
  • Storing data in variables
  • Inputting Data
  • Calculations and Data Types
  • Selection
  • Annotation and presentation of code
  • Iteration
  • Lists and Strings
  • Reading and Writing

  

Social, Moral, Spiritual & Cultural and British Values Links

    • SMSC:  The effect of ICT on society

    • BV: respect of others view and opinions

    • BV:  Being kind to others

    • SMSC:  respect the law and consequences of actions

 

Careers, Advice, Information & Guidance Links

    • Creating programs for real life problems 
    • The impact of computers on the world of work

 

Home Learning this Term

Students will be expected to complete exam questions based on the topics covered each week by their class teacher.  There is also a requirement to download Python at home and complete programming tasks set by the class teacher.

 

 

Spring Term

Topic

Overview

Programming Assessment project 
  • Identify success criteria

  • Create a basic plan to solve a problem

  • Sequence instructions in a logical way 
  • Identify potential difficulties

  • Identify ways to check a solution works

  • Flow charts

Computational Thinking
  • To understand why computers use binary
  • To show an understanding that all data in a computer is stored as binary 
  • To convert a denary number to a binary number 
  • Understand that computer memory and storage are measured using different units 
  • Understand the purpose of data in a computer being represented in binary format 
  • Understand simple Boolean logic 
  • Convert binary numbers back to denary numbers 
  • To understand the AND, OR and NOT logic gates
  • Create simple truth tables
  • Addition using binary number
  • How images are represented
  • How text is represented
  • How sound is represented

  

 

Social, Moral, Spiritual & Cultural and British Values Links

    • SMSC:  The effect of ICT on society

    • BV: respect of others view and opinions

    • BV:  Being kind to others

    • SMSC:  Working together to solve problems 

 

Careers, Advice, Information & Guidance Links

Taking on the role of a project manager, analyst, designer, programmer and tester.

 

Home Learning this Term

Students will be expected to complete exam questions based on the topics covered each week by their class teacher.

 

 

Summer Term

Topic

Overview

Computer Systems (Unit 2)

  • Identify a range of common application software packages and understand their uses such as;
  • Image Processing, Word Processing, Spreadsheet, web Browsers Presentation,
  • Databases and Integrated Development Environment
  • State why operating systems are needed
  • State the basic function of an operating system
  • Identify a range of operating systems including Open Source and Proprietary
  • Describe computer science technologies with consideration of environmental issues
  • Identify examples of application and system software
  • State the purpose of different system utilities 
  • Describe computer science technologies with consideration of spreading information and right of privacy
  • State the purpose of the Data Protection Act, the Computer Misuse Act and the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act
  • Use of computer to commit crime and risks to people’s data 

 

Social, Moral, Spiritual & Cultural and British Values Links

    • BV:  Individual liberty

    • BV:  The rule of law

    • BV:  Mutual respect

    • SMSC: Cultural

    • SMSC: Social

    • SMSC:  Spiritual

    • SMSC: Cultural 

 

Careers, Advice, Information & Guidance Links

The impact of computers on the world of work

 

Home Learning this Term

Students will be expected to complete exam questions based on the topics covered each week by their class teacher

 

 

Year 9 Computer Science Summary

Year 9 Computer Science centres around 3 units of work; Computer Systems, Computational Thinking and programming.

In the Computer Systems unit student will gain knowledge about how computers work in the real world, how they process information, legislation related to the introduction of computer systems and the effect of computer system in the real world.  

In the Computational Thinking unit students start to gain an understanding of the need for planning algorithms before undertaking a project and start to plan out projects in a logical manner.  They also re-visit data representation and look at how sound and images are stored as a binary pattern.

In the programming unit, a more advance programming language is introduced that will be used at GCSE level. 

Students complete a short project using Python, similar to one that would be need at GCSE level.