Computer Science at KS4

Course ID
J277
Faculty
Computing
Department
Computing
Level
Key Stage 4 (GCSE)
Head of Faculty
M. Duraku
Head of Department
M. Duraku

By the end of KS4, students will have studied the inner workings of a computer including the architecture, operations and performance of a computer.

Students will be able to explain networking concepts and internet configuration. They will able to perform computational mathematical calculations with a variety of number systems including base 2 and base 16. Students will have also developed modularised software programs using a dynamic text-based language ‘Python’. The KS4 curriculum includes examining social, ethical, and legal the impact of technology on society.

Curriculum Termly Breakdown by Year

Year 10

Term Unit of Work Assessment
Autumn 1 Computer architecture, performance and programming fundamentals. Python fundamentals. End of unit tests; quizzing, programming practical; book look.
Autumn 2 Computer logic, network topologies, computer laws, social, moral and ethical. Consequences of IT. Built in methods. End of unit tests; quizzing, programming practical; book look.
Spring 1 Network threats including malware, network protection and network policies. End of unit tests; quizzing, programming practical; book look.
Spring 2 Network protocols, networking models and application vs systems software. Validation (Python). End of unit tests; quizzing, programming practical; book look.
Summer 1 Relational databases and computational thinking. Complex operations (Python). End of unit tests; quizzing, programming practical; book look.
Summer 2 Systems life cycle, NEA preparation and extended programming including the use of external files. Project work.

 

Year 11

Term Unit of Work Assessment
Autumn 1 Algorithms; sampling; lossy vs lossless compression; image storage (bitmaps and vector); Python-External file handling. In-class test; end of unit tests; quizzing; programming practical; book look.
Autumn 2 NEA OCR examination board.
Spring 1 NEA.
Mock examination diagnostics.
OCR examination board.
Mock examination.
Spring 2 Common problematic areas: Bubble sort; Insertion sort; Merge sort; Algorithms. In-class assessment.
Summer 1 Common problematic areas: Circuits; Algorithms. In-class assessment.
Summer 2 GCSE Examination. GCSE Examination.

 

Extended Learning

Year 10

Websites Read Visit or Watch Extra
BBC Bitesize GCSE Computer Science OCR: bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zmtchbk New GCSE Computer Science OCR Complete Revision & Practice – Grade 9-1 (with Online Edition) (CGP GCSE Computer Science 9-1 Revision). Bubble sort:
youtube.com/watchv=5GqZ0Gueb0Q
Merge sort:
youtube.com/watchv=TcNNPUIRqI8
Binary sort:
youtube.com/watch?v=Eiy5DAr1ijs
youtube.com/watch?v=3u1df3FSdno
– Binary / Hexadecimal / Denary; Bletchley Park.
Scratch MIT / Hour of code learning through developing fun-based games.

 

Year 11

Websites Read Visit or Watch Extra
BBC Bitesize GCSE Computer Science OCR: bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zmtchbk;
eastbarnetschool.sharepoint.com/sites.EBSSharedResourcesComputing
New GCSE Computer Science OCR Complete Revision & Practice – Grade 9-1 (with Online Edition) (CGP GCSE Computer Science 9-1 Revision) Bubble sort:
youtube.com/watch?v=5GqZ0Gueb0Q
Merge sort:
youtube.com/watch?v=TcNNPUIRqI8
Binary sort:
youtube.com/watch?v=Eiy5DAr1ijs
youtube.com/watch?v=3u1df3FSdno
– Binary / Hexadecimal /
Denary; Bletchley Park.
Scratch MIT / Hour of code learning through developing fun-based games.

 

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