Our Curriculum Intent

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Our department thrives to make computers accessible and intersting to everybody, and has developed a curriculum to prepare all pupils for multiple pathways and improve their digital literacy, creative ICT skills and technical understanding of computers and programming. All pupils have access to either a desktop computer or an iPad and make extensive use of OneNote to record work in our efforts to create a paperless department.

Key Stage 3

All pupils at CCSC have one hour of Computing a week, with an extra Computer Skills session in Year 7 to focus on key skills to get the most out of technology in all lessons. The curriculum at Key Stage 3 has been designed to prepare pupils whether they wish to study the technical side with GCSE Computer Science, the creative side by making digital products in iMedia or just to prepare them for the future and improve their digital literacy. 

Year 7
  • Using Computers Safely
  • Input/Output and Memory
  • Excel introduction
  • Graphic Design
  • Algorithms and Decomposition
  • Basic Programming Techniques using Scratch
Year 8
  • Networking
  • How Data is Represented in Computers
  • Algorithms Revisitied
  • Python PRIMM
  • Software and Hardware
  • Fake News

Key Stage 4 

The CCSC Computing Department offers two courses at Key Stage 4: GCSE Computer Science and the Creative iMedia Cambridge National. We teach the course content over a two year GCSE and use Year 9 to focus on foundational skills to prepare our pupils for the course. All pupils have that opt for the courses have two hours of lessons at Key Stage 4, and four hours if both subjects are chosen.

GCSE Computer Science

This is a course that has real relevance in our modern world. The course will give you an in-depth understanding of how computer technology works and a look at what goes on “behind the scenes”. As part of this, you will investigate computer programming, which many computing students find interesting. Year 9 focuses entirely on improving our programming skills using the PRIMM model to create independent and resilient learners.

GCSE Computing on the OCR exam board is a qualification being offered at Chesterton Community Sports College.  Students can expect to achieve a grade between 9 - 1 which will count as one of their sciences in the English Baccalaureate (Ebacc).

Students should be proficient in Mathematics and English, and have an interest in the technical aspects of computing.  Students should also be willing to solve problems independently

What will I learn?

Content Overview

Assessment Overview

Computer systems

  •   Systems Architecture

  •   Memory

  •   Storage

  •   Wired and wireless networks

  •   Network topologies, protocols and layers

  •   System security

  •   System software

  •   Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns

Computer systems (01)

80 marks
1 hour and 30 minutes

Written paper
(no calculators allowed)

50%

of total GCSE

 

Computational thinking, algorithms and programming

  •   Algorithms

  •   Programming techniques

  •   Producing robust programs

  •   Computational logic

  •   Translators and facilities of languages

  •   Data representation

Computational thinking, algorithms and programming

(02)
80 marks
1 hour and 30 minutes

Written paper
(no calculators allowed)

50%

of total GCSE

 

Programming

  •   Programming techniques

  •   Analysis

  •   Design

  •   Development

  •   Testing and evaluation and conclusions

In class programming projects
 

With technology ever changing, there is a demand for professionals who are qualified in this area. If you want to go on to higher study and employment in the field of Computer Science, you will find that this course provides a superb stepping stone. Once you have taken a Computing GCSE and you can then progress to study the subject at A Level and then university.

For more information please follow THIS LINK to the official course website for our current Year 11.
For more information please follow THIS LINK to the official course website for our current Year 9 and 10. 

Cambridge National Creative iMedia

Creative iMedia is our vocational pathway. It lets students gain knowledge in a number of key areas in the media field, from pre-production skills to digital animation, and offers a hands-on approach to learning. The options available offer the chance for your child to explore areas of creative media that interest them. The Cambridge National in Creative iMedia will also provide opportunities to develop useful transferable skills such as research, planning, and review, working with others and communicating creative concepts effectively.

In Year 9 we focus on giving pupils the pre-production and planning skills they need to succeed before providing them with a series of mini-coursework tasks to prepare them for the real thing starting in Year 10. 

Most of the qualification is tested by coursework that’s set and marked by your child’s teacher. This will be done throughout the two-year course. So if your child likes project work, enjoys research and doing practical things they may find a Cambridge National a better option than a GCSE.

One of the units that students must take – on pre- production skills – involves a written exam that lasts one hour and 15 minutes that is marked externally.

The compulsory units are:

  • Pre-Prouction Skills (assessed by a 1 hour 15 minute examination)
  • Creating Digital Graphics

The optional units currently being taught are:

  • Storytelling with a Comic Strip
  • Designing a Game Concept

For more information please follow THIS LINK to the official course website.

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