Skip to main content
 
 
 
I love 12yo's school so much. They are *brilliant* with her.
- Parent
 
Follow us on TwitterFollow us on FacebookContact Us
Home | Curriculum | Courses | Computer Science |

Computer Science

Introduction

We believe that every student should have the opportunity to learn computing. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path.

Computer Science is available as both a GCSE and A Level, with our KS3 curriculum designed to prepare our students for these qualifications, with a strong focus on the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation. Our learners will be able to analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs to solve such problems. They will be able to evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems. They will also become responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.

Studying the subject can lead to a range of career opportunities in fields such as computer programming, games development, web development, app development, data control, network management and IT support.

Topic - Autumn Term
Description
  • Baseline testing to ascertain the levels of students as they enter KSCS.
  • Introduction to the school network and facilities.
  • Shakespeare comic book project.
  • Binary and control.
  • Spy school spreadsheet project.
Assessment

End of topic assessment activity based on the criteria provided to students at the beginning of each project.
Students are provided with What Went Well and Even Better If feedback and given the opportunity to make improvements based on this.

Homework

Dependent upon the individual project from the following; research activity, planning document, developing understanding or stretch and challenge (more difficult task).

Topic - Spring Term
Description
  • Repeating patterns – graphical art.
  • Adventure story game creation.
  • E-Safety media campaign
Assessment

End of topic assessment activity based on the criteria provided to students at the beginning of each project.
Students are provided with What Went Well and Even Better If feedback and given the opportunity to make improvements based on this.

Homework

Dependent upon the individual project from the following; research activity, planning document, developing understanding or stretch and challenge (more difficult task).

Topic - Summer Term
Description
  • Pivot stick animations and algorithms.
  • Analysing data and asking questions.
Assessment

End of topic assessment activity based on the criteria provided to students at the beginning of each project.
Students are provided with What Went Well and Even Better If feedback and given the opportunity to make improvements based on this.

Homework

Dependent upon the individual project from the following; research activity, planning document, developing understanding or stretch and challenge (more difficult task).

Ken Stimpson Community School
Staniland Way
Werrington
PE4 6JT
(Sat Nav users: PE4 6WR)