We learn to understand and develop skills for the modern digital world in preparation for life beyond West Hill.

Welcome to the curriculum page for ICT/Computer Science.  The curriculum is delivered in 5 specialist rooms, supported by a  Mac Suite and a PC suite in Music and mini suites in the PE and SEN departments, with Mathematics, Science, English and Technology having their own sets of Netbooks that make use of the site wide wireless network.

Departmental staff

  • Mr Cookson - Head of Department
  • Mr Merlo - 2nd in Department
  • Mrs Broadbent - Head of Business Studies
  • Mr Cross - Teacher
  • Miss Worthington – Teacher

Curriculum

Year 7

Lesson contact time is 1 hour per week.  The topics followed are:

  • ICT Basics
  • e-Safety
  • Algorithms
  • Flowol
  • Scratch
  • Small Basic 
  • Microbit Coding

Year 8

Lesson contact time is 1 hour per week.  The topics followed are:

  • ICT Basics
  • e-Safety
  • Computer Hardware/Software/Binary
  • Spreadsheet Modelling Quiz
  • Flowgorithm
  • Small Basic/Python Coding
  • HTML
  • QR Codes

Year 9

Lesson contact time is 1 hour per week.  The topics followed are:

  • ICT Basics
  • e-Safety
  • Flowgorithm/Python Coding
  • Digital Literacy – Spreadsheet/Databases/Word Processing
  • iDEA
  • Flowgorithm/Python Coding 2

 

Computer Science

Year 10

Lesson contact time is 3 hour per week.  The topics followed are:

  • Developing their practical programming skills
  • Analysing problems and independently developing program solutions
  • Understanding computer theory: binary, CPU, networks etc.

Year 11

Lesson contact time is 3 hour per week.  The topics followed are:

  • Undertaking a large NEA practical programming project
  • Understanding computer theory: databases, the bigger picture with computers etc.
  • Preparation for the final examinations

Resources

  • Many revision resources (past papers with mark schemes, help videos etc.) are available on the school VLE which he can access at home as well – these will be constantly updated:

https://vle.westhillschool.co.uk/course/view.php?id=142

  • Revision guides – he will be given the opportunity to purchase several revision guides/workbooks; one that has been written by the teachers in school as well as the official exam board one – details to be given soon. It would be very beneficial if you agreed to buy them for your son.
  • Weekly revision homework will be set each week in the New Year. It would really help if you checked he had done it each Sunday as it will be due for Tuesday – detention will be held that Tuesday after school if not completed.
  • Revision sessions will start in the New Year – day to be confirmed. Some encouragement to attend would be appreciated.
  • A key revision technique is for him to complete past papers/questions so he is familiar with the style, language and format. The more he does of these the better it is in the long run. He has/will be given several exam questions booklets where they focus on particular subject/topic questions.
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Note:

This is for the OCR exam but covers a lot of the same theory.

You may need a student username & password for certain areas of the site, these are available from your Computer Science Teacher

 

 

 

Edexcel - Computer Science 2016

Edexcel Official Specification website

Edexcel  - Computer Science (old specification)

Revision Videos plus others

A series of on-line videos that cover various aspects of the GCSE specification you are studying for the old specification and other exam boards but much of the information is the same.

 

 

A site with lots of different revision resources for all subjects including Edexcel Computing

 

Qualifications

An option is also available to study Edexcel GCSE Computer Science.  Computer Science is the study of how computer systems and networks operate and how they are constructed and programmed. Further details are available from the examination board here:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/computer-science-2016.html

Exam dates:

   

 

‘Principles’ Paper 1

am

13th May 2019

 

‘Applications’ Paper 2

pm

16th May 2019