Curriculum

Computer Science

“I think it’s fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we’ve ever created. They’re tools of communication, they’re tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user.”

Bill Gates

The increasing use of computing technology in all aspects of society makes confident, creative and productive use of Computer Science and Information Technology an essential skill for life. Our subject’s capabilities encompasses not only the mastery of technical skills and techniques but also the understanding to apply these skills purposefully, safely and responsibly in learning, everyday life and employment. Because of this digital literacy is fundamental to participation and engagement in modern society.

Computer Science and Information Technology can be used to find, develop, analyse and present information, as well as to model situations and solve problems. At The Long Eaton School, we have developed a curriculum that enables rapid access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of people, communities and cultures, and allows students to collaborate and exchange information on a wide scale. Students have the opportunity to follow a programme of study in that enables them to experience the full range of diverse fields that are open to Computer Science and Information Technology practitioners

Key Stage 3:

Students follow a core programme of study for one hour a week in Years 7, 8 and 9. During this time they gain experience of completing a range of projects around a variety of contexts.

Year 7

  • Introduction to the Network and Formatting
  • Being Safe Online
  • The Algorithms of Shape
  • Binary Maths
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Computing in the World

Year 8

  • Using Logic
  • The Design of a Digital Device
  • Programming a Calculator
  • Cyber Security
  • The Size of Files
  • Encryption in the World

Year 9

  • Refresh Programming
  • Graphic Design
  • Looping in Programs
  • Database Systems
  • Hardware Explored
  • Spreadsheet Modelling

Key Stage 4:

All students will build on their work in KS3 to prepare themselves for their option choices where students have access to both academic and vocational routes. Students wishing a can choose GCSE Computer Science, where they will explore the architecture of computing systems in detail. They will learn about how components in a computer will work and interact. They will also learn how to start creating their own programs in languages such as Python.

Student can also extend their digital literacy with the Cambridge Nationals in Information Technologies. This course encourages students to understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of IT, including the use of IT in the digital world, Internet of Everything, data manipulation and Augmented Reality. Information Technologies provides opportunities for students to complete coursework components alongside theory.

Facilities:

The faculty has 7 dedicated ICT suites with 30 multimedia desktop PCs with internet access in each room. All rooms have interactive whiteboards, projectors and printer access.

Enrichment:

Students interested in developing code and using robotics can attend out coding success digital leaders club on a Tuesday after school.

 

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The Long Eaton School
Thoresby Road
Long Eaton
Nottingham
NG10 3NP

E-mail: info@longeaton.derbyshire.sch.uk
Tel: 0115 9732438

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