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Computing - Year 8

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Below you will find more specific information about the curriculum in Computing for Year 8 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.

Subject Key Concepts

#1 Logical Thinking

#2 Programming Language

#3 Operations

#4 Systems

#5 Data

#6 Online Security

#7 Digital Artefacts

#8 Analysing Date

Please click here for Subject Key Concepts.

Please click here for PDF
Computing Learning Journey

 Curriculum Overview for the Year

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Autumn 1 & 2

Spring 1 & 2

Summer 1 & 2

Key Themes

Key Themes

Key Themes

Introduction to GameMaker:


-   Introduction to the design environment

-   Adding Sprites/Objects/Rooms

-   Running the game

-   Adding a scoring system

-   Controlling the player

-   Making decisions (If statements)

-   Step events and Instances

-   Designing a maze game



-   The Binary number system

-   Binary, Denary conversions

-   Binary Addition

-   Boolean searches

-   Logic gates

o  AND

o  OR

o  NOT

-   Logic circuits

Introduction to Javascript


-   Drawing basic shapes (ellipse, rectangle, triangle, lines)

-   Filling shapes (colouring)

-   Introduction to variables

-   Introduction to functions

-   Basic animation

-   Various practical tasks




Practical programming task: Design a Maze game


This will be carried out at throughout the unit

A written Assessment


This will be carried out at the end of the unit

Practical programming task


This will be carried out at the end of the unit

Skills acquired throughout Year 8

Problem solving: Abstraction, decomposition; 8-bit binary number system: denary/binary conversion, addition; programming: GameMaker, JavaScript.

Habits of Mind: Inquisitive, Imaginative, Collaborative, Persistent, Disciplined.

Useful documents:
Please click here for a PDF of curriculum overview.

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 have one lesson per fortnight.

What characteristics does a successful student have in this subject?

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

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
  • Homework tasks

How will students’ learning be assessed at this level?

  • End of module assessment
  • Practical programming assessments

When do key assessments take place?

  • Halfway through each topic
  • At the end of each term

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 and programming.
  • 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 e.g. cyber security issues.
  • Visit a variety of places (local or further afield) e.g. Raspberry Pi events.

What equipment do students need for this subject?

  • Essential school equipment
  • Headphones/earphones

How does this subject link to other subjects?


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What extra-curricular or enrichment opportunities are available for students in this subject at this level?


What sort of careers can this subject lead to?


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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?


How does this subject promote creativity, critical thinking, practice, perseverance and resilience, and making links?


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