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Computing - Year 7


Mathematics - Year 7

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Below you will find more specific information about the curriculum in Computing for Year 7 students, explaining to you what students will learn, when, why and how. There is also information about how parents/carers are able to support students in their learning, extra-curricular opportunities in this subject and how it links to other subjects and the wider world.

While this information covers a broad range of areas, please do get in touch with the Subject Leader Mr Pieterse if you have any questions.

Please click on the questions below to find out more.

How are groups organised?

We organise the classes by mixed ability. The classes are in the Arts carousel with a rotation every 3 weeks. The carousel classes have 8 lessons per fortnight. One class has one lesson per week.

What characteristics does a successful student have in this subject?

The most successful students in Computing will be passionate about web design, programming and enjoy solving problems.

What are the key concepts students will study at this level?

  • Email
  • Spreadsheets: basic calculations
  • Identifying various components of a computer
  • Solving problems like a Computer Scientist
  • Mastering the basic tags in HTML
  • Understanding the Binary number system

What will students learn at this level?

KS3 – Y7

Term 1

  • Spreadsheets
  • Word Processing
  • Presentations
  • Computer Hardware

Term 2

  • Solving problems like a Computer Scientist
  • Introduction to HTML

Term 3

  • Introduction to Binary
  • Programming in Scratch

What skills will students develop at this level?

  • Logical skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Communication skills
  • Problem solving
  • Programming skills
  • Mathematical skills

How will students learn at this level?

  • Teacher led explanations and discussions
  • Watching video clips
  • Practical tasks
  • Practising different skills
  • Using the internet to support your learning
  • Online tutorials/courses
  • Observing peers

How will students’ learning be assessed at this level?

  • Baseline test at the start of the year
  • End of module assessments; usually Google forms with multiple choice
  • Homework project

When do key assessments take place?

  • At the end of every rotation of the carousels

How can parents/carers support students’ learning?

  • Encourage you to practice the skills you’ve learnt
  • Encourage you to keep up with news events around the world related to the topics you are studying with a particular focus on Computer Science.
  • Encourage you to take pride in your work.
  • Encourage you to research events or processes in further detail using the internet, documentaries or other sources.
  • Encourage you to watch TV programmes with a computer science focus.
  • Visit a variety of places (local or further afield) e.g. Bletchley Park

What equipment do students need for this subject?

  • Essential school equipment
  • Headphones/earphones

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How does this subject support a broad and balanced curriculum, meeting the needs of all students, and developing traditional core skills?


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How does this subject encourage enrichment and the development of cultural capital, deep learning, and inclusivity?