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Computing at Teesdale is extremely fun to teach as the curriculum is very creative! Students generally develop a number of software skills and then create a product in that software which forms their assessment. Projects include the creation of digital video, sound and graphics, website development, game making as well as practical skills using Microsoft Office.

We think students enjoy computing because they get to learn lots of new skills, complete practical assessments and be creative. We live in a digital world, so many of skills taught will be used in a student’s education/future.

Curriculum information:

Year 7

 

Brief overview of expected learning and outcomes during this year

The Year 7 Computing curriculum encompasses ICT, computer science and digital literacy.

List of topics taught

  • Online safety and creating digital video
  • Programming in Scratch
  • Computational thinking
  • Computer systems
  • Graphics and creating digital images
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Programming in Python – the basics

Year 8

 

Brief overview of expected learning and outcomes during this year

The Year 8 computing curriculum encompasses ICT, computer science and digital literacy.

List of topics taught

  • Music festival - web development, creating digital video, creating digital image and creating sound
  • Programming in Scratch - advanced
  • Programming in Python
  • Programming in Kodu
  • Microsoft Access

Year 9

 

Brief overview of expected learning and outcomes during this year

Certificate in Digital Applications (CiDA)

Students will complete two units throughout Year 9, 10 and 11.

Developing web products

This unit aims to give you the knowledge and skills you need to produce attention grabbing web products using web authoring software, multimedia assets and navigation features. You will demonstrate your ability to design, build and test a web product in a practical computer-based examination set by Pearson.

 

Game making

In this unit you will learn about different types of computer games, investigate what makes a game successful and learn how to plan, design and create great games for others to play.

 

Assessment:

Developing Web Products: Practical examination (2.5 hours on a PC)

Game Design: Summative project (coursework)

List of topics taught

  • Developing web products
  • Game design

Year 10

 

Brief overview of expected learning and outcomes during this year

Certificate in Digital Applications (CiDA)

Students will complete two units throughout Year 10 and 11.

 

Developing web products

This unit aims to give you the knowledge and skills you need to produce attention grabbing web products using web authoring software, multimedia assets and navigation features. You will demonstrate your ability to design, build and test a web product in a practical computer-based examination set by Pearson.

 

Game making

In this unit you will learn about different types of computer games, investigate what makes a game successful and learn how to plan, design and create great games for others to play.

 

Assessment:

Developing Web Products: Practical examination (2.5 hours on a PC)

Game Design: Summative project (coursework)

List of topics taught

  • Developing web products
  • Game design

Year 11

 

Brief overview of expected learning and outcomes during this year

iMedia

Students will complete four units throughout Year 10 and year 11:

  • R081: Pre-production skills
  • R082: Creating Digital Graphics - Students are required to create a digital graphic for a DVD cover.
  • R085: Creating a multipage website - Students are required to create a multipage website.
  • R089: Creating a digital video sequence - Students are required to create a diigtal video to advertise Teesdale School.

 

Assessment:

  • R081: Pre-production skills, written paper, 1h 15m, 25% of total GCSE
  • R082: Creating Digital Graphics, centre assessed coursework, 25% of total GCSE
  • R085: Creating a multipage website, centre assessed coursework, 25% of total GCSE
  • R089: Creating a digital video sequence, centre assessed coursework, 25% of total GCSE

 

Computer Science

OCR’s GCSE (9–1) in Computer Science will encourage learners to:

  • understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms, and data representation
  • analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including designing, writing and debugging programs
  • think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
  • understand the components that make up digital systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems
  • understand the impacts of digital technology to the individual and to wider society
  • apply mathematical skills relevant to computer science.

 

Assessment:

  • Written Paper 1: Computer Systems, 1h30m, 40% of total GCSE
  • Written Paper 2: Computational thinking, algorithms and programming, 1h30m, 40% of total GCSE
  • Programming project (using Python), 20 hours, 20% of total GCSE

List of topics taught

IMedia:

Year 10:

  • R082: Creating Digital Graphics
  • R085: Creating a multipage website

Year 11:

  • R081: Pre-production skills
  • R089: Creating a digital video sequence

 

Computer Science: 

  • Programming in Python
  • Computer systems
  • Computational thinking, algorithms and programming
Computing, where you can use creativity in your work, you can understand the way computers work, and to be inspired by the things around you, in what ever you do.
Alisha, Year 8

What's been happening in the computing department lately?

Year 8 music festival

Students are currently creating a website on their very own music festival in which they have picked the purpose and audience of the festival, chosen six artists to perform, a host and a charity the festival raises money for. Students must identify what makes a website successful and then use this research to design and create their own website.

Their websites include a variety of web design features and multimedia including navigation bars and buttons, hyperlinks, images, video, sound and information.

festival
I enjoy computing as it gives you a chance to work with technology and learn how it works. I like what we are doing at the moment, which is creating a website, because it lets you be free and have the ability to be creative.
Sienna, Year 8