Year 7 — Computer Science

Term1 : Collaborating Online Respectfully

This unit focuses on using collaborative tools and being respectful online. Students learn about important online safety issues. Whilst completing this unit, students will also learn how to use presentation software effectively. In terms of online safety, this unit focuses on respecting others online, spotting strangers, and the effects of cyberbullying.

Students will sit a multiple choice end of unit assessment to assess their understanding and knowledge of the the unit.

  • Spiritual
  • Moral
  • Social
  • Cultural

Develop the individual:

Create a supportive community:

Term 2: Modelling Data – Spreadsheets

The spreadsheet unit prepares students to be able to confidently model data with a spreadsheet. The unit uses engaging activities to progress students from using basic formulas to writing their own COUNTIF statements. This unit gives students a good set of skills that they can use in computing lessons and in other subject areas.

Students will sit a multiple choice end of unit assessment to assess their understanding and knowledge of the the unit.

  • Spiritual
  • Moral
  • Social
  • Cultural

Develop the individual:

Create a supportive community:

Term 3: Networks: From Semaphores to the Internet

This unit begins by defining a network and addressing the benefits of networking, before covering how data is transmitted across networks using protocols. The types of hardware required are explained, as is wired and wireless data transmission. Students will develop an understanding of the terms ‘internet’ and ‘World Wide Web’, and of the key services and protocols used. Practical exercises are included throughout to help strengthen understanding.

Students will sit a multiple choice end of unit assessment to assess their understanding and knowledge of the the unit.

  • Spiritual
  • Moral
  • Social
  • Cultural

Develop the individual:

Create a supportive community:

Term 4: Programming Essentials in Scratch – part I

This unit is the first programming unit of KS3. The aim of this unit and the following unit (‘programming 2’) is to build learners’ confidence and knowledge of the key programming constructs. Importantly, this unit does not assume any previous programming experience, but it does offer learners the opportunity to expand on their knowledge throughout the unit.

The main programming concepts covered in this unit are sequencing, variables, selection, and count-controlled iteration. All of the examples and activities for this unit use Scratch 3

Students will sit a multiple choice end of unit assessment to assess their understanding and knowledge of the the unit.

  • Spiritual
  • Moral
  • Social
  • Cultural

Develop the individual:

Create a supportive community:

Term 5: Programming Essentials in Scratch – part II

This unit begins right where ‘Programming I’ left off. Learners will build on their understanding of the control structures’ sequence, selection, and iteration (the big three), and develop their problem-solving skills. Learners will learn how to create their own subroutines, develop their understanding of decomposition, learn how to create and use lists, and build upon their problem-solving skills by working through a larger project at the end of the unit.

Students will sit a multiple choice end of unit assessment to assess their understanding and knowledge of the the unit.

  • Spiritual
  • Moral
  • Social
  • Cultural

Develop the individual:

Create a supportive community:

Term 6: Using media – Gaining Support for a Cause

This unit progresses students’ knowledge and understanding of licensing and legal issues surrounding the use of online sources of information. They will also gain an understanding of how to apply techniques to help determine the reliability of a source. Learners will develop practical skills in using software to make a blog that could be published online.

During this unit, learners develop their understanding of information technology and digital literacy skills. They will use the skills learnt across the unit to create a blog post about a real-world cause that they would like to gain support for. Learners will develop software formatting skills and explore concerns surrounding the use of other people’s work, including licensing and legal issues.

Students will sit a multiple choice end of unit assessment to assess their understanding and knowledge of the the unit.

  • Spiritual
  • Moral
  • Social
  • Cultural

Develop the individual:

Create a supportive community: