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Computer Science and ICT

Staff within the Department

Pete Curran – Head of Department

BSc Media Production

Lorraine McEnroy – Computer Science / ICT Teacher

BSc Information Systems Management

David Barnaby – Computer Science / ICT Teacher

BA Applied Science (Physical Education)

 

We are one of the first schools in the country to offer Computer Science as a truly comprehensive subject. All students at EWS now complete the subject at both KS3 and KS4, offering five years to learn how computers and networks work, and how to code their own programs. We work directly with hardware manufacturers to provide bespoke activities using robots in lessons, and are excited to use the new BBC Micro:bit at KS3.

Curriculum

KS3

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 7

The School Network, e-mail, and e-safety.

 

Understanding hardware and software.

Data representation.

 

Games programming.

Students complete this subject on a carousel for two terms of each year at KS3.

Year 8

Understanding Computer Systems.

 

Introduction to Python Programming.

Computer graphics and audio.

 

Web Design (HTML / CSS)

Students complete this subject on a carousel for two terms of each year at KS3.

 

We follow the national curriculum for Computer Science at KS3. More information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/national-curriculum/overview

Activities to do at home

Learning to code in Python is an engaging and useful way to develop your skills. Currently we recommend learning by playing at https://codecombat.com/

KS4

At Key Stage 4 we currently run two specifications. Years 10 and 11 are completing the current ICT GCSE, while Year 9 have begun the new Computer Science GCSE. Over the next two years ICT will be phased out entirely as all years complete Computer Science

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 9

Programming for beginners.

 

Introduction to robotics.

Computer Systems and memory.

 

Storage and networks.

Intermediate programming.

 

Data representation.

Year 10

Key Skills: HTML and Databases.

Controlled assessment Unit 2

Controlled assessment Unit 2

Year 11

Controlled assessment Unit 2

Controlled assessment Unit 2

ICT Systems.

 

For ICT we follow AQA GCSE ICT: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/computer-science-and-it/gcse/information-and-communication-technology-4520

For Computer Science we follow OCR Computer Science GCSE: http://ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-computer-science-j276-from-2016/

Activities to do at home

For ICT, developing Microsoft Office skills is essential – practice working with Word, PowerPoint, Access and Excel. Year 10 can also benefit by developing their HTML skills, we recommend using Khan Academy: https://www.khanacademy.org/computing/computer-programming/html-css

For Computer Science, a working knowledge of Python programming is essential.  A fun way to develop these skills is through Code Combat: https://codecombat.com/

 

Enrichment Activities and Trips

Robot Club

ICT Catch up

Programming Club

 

 

Career Paths

Software Architect

Systems Manager

Academic Researcher

Systems Analyst

Database Administrator

Games Programmer

Web Developer

App Designer