Department Staff

Mrs K Townsend                           Subject Leader for Computing and ICT

Mrs H Allan                                  Teacher of Computing, ICT and Business Studies

Miss J Gibson                                Teacher of Computing and ICT

Mr D Dwyer                                   Teacher of Computing and ICT (Part Time)

Mr N Hulme                                  Teacher of Computing and ICT

Introduction to Key Stage 3 Computing

Computing is a new subject to most schools’ curriculum but at Hutton it has been taught to all Key Stage 3 students for the last two years. Computing is concerned with how computers and computer systems work, how they are designed and programmed, how to apply computational thinking, and how to make best use of information technology.

There are three distinct strands to the curriculum which are complimentary to each other; these are computer science, information technology and digital literacy.

Topics students will study

Year 7:  Online Safety is the first topic of study and is linked to digital literacy. Students learn how to use sound mixing software to create a recording which tells others how to stay safe online and how to deal with cyber-bullying.

The computer science element involves solving problems like a computer (computational thinking), computer control and the basics of programming.

Traditional information technology skills are studied with students learning how to use database and spreadsheet software.

Year 8: The year begins by revisiting Online Safety and students learn about creating a safe online identity.  Students learn how to create an APP with the online software APP Inventor.

The computer science element involves programming using Scratch; this allows students to develop a good understanding of coding concepts using drag and drop command blocks.

The information technology strand introduces students to web design and graphic design using Adobe CS6 software.

Year 9: Students study the trends in computing, comparing technology past and present. They study computer hardware, software and logic and finally programming using the programming language Python.

How students will be assessed

Students will be assessed in terms of whether they emerging, secure or exceeding a specific target for each topic area taught. Teachers will be applying the assessment rubric advised by CAS (Computing at Schools) and giving feed back to the child as to how well they are working against this assessment criteria.








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