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Colchester Academy

Computer Science

The ICT faculty is at the forefront of digital learning and ICT across the curriculum. We are committed to raising attainment which has helped build a culture of achievement within the faculty. Students want to learn and are not content unless they are achieving their full potential. Teachers within the faculty understand the importance of celebrating their students’ successes and place particular emphasis on this. There is a faculty drive on making students become independent learners and computational thinkers, which is achieved through students enjoying and having high levels of motivation for the subject.

The use of Rosenshine’s principles within the classroom will allow students to build on their prior knowledge and apply the skills and knowledge learnt to further topics. Regular low-stakes testing and end of topic tasks and assessments are used to check students' subject knowledge. Regular feedback to students allows them to focus on gaps in their subject knowledge. Dedicated time in the curriculum is planned to allow students to address their subject knowledge gaps.

 

Key Stage 3

Our Key Stage 3 curriculum has been designed to enable students to be computational thinkers, digitally literate when communicating and presenting information and creative in digital technologies. The curriculum mixes Computer Science, IT, Media and digital literacy to ensure students are taught a range of skills to apply to different subjects and use beyond their school life. Skills and knowledge have been mapped to the National Curriculum and to new concepts to prepare students for GCSE content and provide them with a broad knowledge of Computer Science and design.

Curriculum Outline

Year 7 Topics Covered:  
Autumn
  • Introduction to School Systems
  • E-Safety
Spring
  • Business IT Solutions
Summer
  • Scratch Game Programming
Year 8 Topics Covered:  
Autumn
  • Graphic Design
Spring
  • Microbit Programming
Summer
  • An introduction to text-based programming
Year 9 Topics Covered:  
Autumn
  • Algorithms & Programming
Spring
  • Text-based Programming
Summer
  • 3D Modelling


Key Stage 4

Our Key Stage 4 curriculum focuses on two distinct areas of Computer Science; algorithms & programming and the principles of Computer Science. The two areas in the curriculum are blended together to create a practical subject, to encourage computational thinkers who can apply learning in the classroom to real-word systems. The curriculum is mapped to the GCSE specification, with a constant focus on retrieval practise to allow students to fully master more complex computer science principles.

Curriculum Outline

Year 10 Topics Covered:  
Autumn
  • Programming (Selection)
Spring
  • Data Representation
  • Computer Systems
Summer
  • Programming (Iteration)
  • Networking
Year 11 Topics Covered:  
Autumn
  • Impacts of Digital Technology
  • Mock Preparation
Spring
  • Programming (Iteration)
  • Programming (Data Structures)
Summer
  • Exam Preparation


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