Computing Key Stage 3

KS3 students (year 7, 8 and 9) follow schemes of learning based around the Computing National Curriculum framework. Students are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding students are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate and are able to use and express themselves and develop their ideas through information and communication technology.

Year 7
Half Term
Topics to be covered Home Learning
1Living Online & Basics
Introducing online etiquette and general e-safety topics.
HT1 Home learning Project
2Presenting Information
Pupils use different forms of media to display/present their knowledge.
HT2 Home learning Project



Scratch programming


Digital literacy of tools and programs to present information
3Programming
Introducing and baselining Scratch.
HT3 Home learning Project
4Programming
Introducing and baselining Scratch
HT4 Home learning Project
5Kodu
Computational thinking through games design using a ready made engine
HT5 Home learning Project
6Computer Systems & Hardware
Introducing the computer system diagram and the purpose of computer hardware.
HT6 Home learning Project
Year 8
Half Term
Topics to be coveredHome Learning
1Living Online & Basics
Introducing online etiquette and general e-safety topics.
HT1 Home learning Project
2Presenting Information
Pupils use different forms of media to display/present their knowledge.
HT2 Home learning Project
3Programming
Introducing and baselining Scratch.
HT3 Home learning Project
4Programming
Introducing and baselining Scratch
HT4 Home learning Project
5Kodu
Computational thinking through games design using a ready made engine
HT5 Home learning Project
6Computer Systems & Hardware
Introducing the computer system diagram and the purpose of computer hardware.
HT6 Home learning Project
Year 9
Half Term
Topics to be coveredHome Learning
1Sequence and Algorithms
Recapping on algorithm writing from previous year and developing understanding of structure and syntax.
HT1 Home learning Project
2Data Representation
Displaying and manipulating data in different forms, using Python and Scratch.

Creative iMedia
Mini project based around Creative iMedia to enable pupils to be more familiar with the topic.
HT2 Home learning Project
3Data Representation
Introducing further detail around data and how it is represented on a computer system, looking at binary addition & subtraction and hexadecimal and how images are created.
HT3 Home learning Project
4Data Representation 2
Introducing further detail around data and how it is represented on a computer system, looking at binary addition & subtraction and hexadecimal and how images are created.
HT4 Home learning Project
5Computer Systems, Components & Hardware
Recapping knowledge on Computer Systems and looking at further detail on how essential components function.
HT5 Home learning Project

6Python(?)
Looking at Python learning from Year 8 and building independence as a programmer.
HT6 Home learning Project