Introduction

As the teachers of Computing we are proud of the facilities that are available for all our students. We have 4 suites containing 120 PCs in total, so every student is guaranteed a PC to themselves when he/she needs to work individually. Loxford has both a wired and wireless network so that students are able to carry out their studies throughout the school. In addition we operate Google Classroom so that students have access to a range of resources both in school and at home via the Internet. Building upon our significant Computing resources we help students to become proficient in a wide variety of programs so that they can make best use of digital technology in their lives. In particular we encourage students to make their own decisions about how and when to use digital devices to solve particular problems.

AUTUMN TERM
Year 7 students will focus on understanding the role of different types of hardware and software, and what algorithms are. Year 8 students will develop a websites using HTML coding and look at the difference between a flat file and relational database. Year 9 students will develop their computational thinking skills to solve a range of programming problems.

SPRING TERM
Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 will investigate key e-safety advice, with the focus of their work being around Safer Internet Day. Year 7 students will move on to spreadsheet modelling. Year 8 students will then investigate networks, while Year 9 students look at binary and logic gates.

SUMMER TERM
Year 7 students will learn about how digital devices use a binary system to implement instructions, and will write programs in Scratch and Python. Year 8 students will write more advanced programs in Python and develop their graphics editing skills. Year 9 students study the impact on computer science technologies on the environment and the ethical considerations of what can be viewed as moral or good. They will then move on the looking at the hardware and software technologies used within computers.

At least one Computing suite is open after school from 3.30pm to 4.30pm Tuesday to Friday every week. Students can use the computers to help with homework, with the support of a teacher.

Students at Loxford in key stage three complete a scheme of work on E-Safety covering a wide range of topics. 

We are dedicated at Loxford to ensuring that all our students are able to access the digital world safely and encourage all to develop the tools necessary to keep themselves safe online. 

The topics covered are as follows: 

  • Using the internet appropriately
  • How to deal with cyber bullying
  • Security of password
  • Use of chat rooms
  • E-mail scams
  • Identification of fraudulent e-mails
  • Malware/Spyware/Adware
  • staying safe on social media
  • Health and safety when using Computers

Attached are some of the key elements that have been covered and a summary of the learning that has taken place on E-Safety.

At Key Stage 4 students have 1 option:  GCSE Computer Science

GCSE Computer Science

Computer science plays a key role in helping to solve problems across all aspects of society. This course helps students to prepare to play their part in shaping the future of the world. In particular students:

  • Understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms, and data representation
  • Analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including designing, writing and debugging programs
  • Think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically, and critically
  • Understand the components that make up digital systems , and how they communicate with one another and with other systems
  • Understand the impacts of digital technology to the individual and to wider society
  • Apply mathematical skills relevant to computer science

Examination Value: 100% of grade

Paper 1 (50% - 75 marks) - Written theory paper

Paper 2 (50% - 75 marks) - Practical programming paper

 

  • Topics include:
    • Topic 1: Computational thinking – understanding of what algorithms are, what they are used for and how they work; ability to follow, amend and write algorithms; ability to construct truth tables.
    • Topic 2: Data – understanding of binary, data representation, data storage and compression.
    • Topic 3: Computers – understanding of hardware and software components of computer systems and characteristics of programming languages.
    • Topic 4: Networks – understanding of computer networks and network security.
    • Topic 5: Issues and impact – awareness of emerging trends in computing technologies, and the impact of computing on individuals, society and the environment, including ethical, legal and ownership issues.
    • Topic 6: Problem Solving with programming - understanding what algorithms are, what they are used for and how they work in relation to creating programs, understanding how to decompose and analyse problems, ability to read, write, refine and evaluate programs.

Career Value

This qualification will provide excellent progression to ‘A’ level Computer Science, vocational courses and on to degree level courses in the areas of computing, engineering and science.

 

Outside the classroom

The world of Computing is constantly moving on and it is always helpful to try to keep up to date with the latest exciting developments. On the BBC website there are lots of short video clips in the Technology area of the News section, including the weekly “Click” update.

Regular practice with software is a good idea and the open source software listed on this page is free to download, with lots of online tutorials available.

Look on Google Classroom too. Teachers have put resources there so that you can study more easily when not in school.

Bonus challenges

https://groklearning.com/course/intro-python-1/ ( Grok learning- Introduction to python)

https://www.codecademy.com/catalog/language/python (Code Academy- An interactive and fun method to learn how to code)

https://www.practicepython.org/ -(Python challenges)

Congratulations to the Year 11 students on achieving 80% grades 9-4.

The world of Computing is constantly moving on and it is always helpful to try to keep up to date with the latest exciting developments. On the BBC website there are lots of short video clips in the Technology area of the News section, including the weekly “Click” update.

Regular practice with software is a good idea and the open source software listed on this page is free to download, with lots of online tutorials available.

Look on Google Classroom too. Teachers have put resources there so that you can study more easily when not in school.

Our priority is that students are skilled in using a broad range of programs in an increasingly complex way. We encourage students to experiment so that they appreciate the full potential of a given piece of software. Students can expect to use the following programs in the course of their time at Loxford:

  • Adobe:Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash
  • Matchware: Open Mind
  • Microsoft:Word, Excel, Access, Publisher, PowerPoint, Internet Explorer
  • Open source:Python, Scratch, Blender, Repl.it
  • Robot Mesh:Flowol

At least one Computing suite is open after school from 3.30pm to 4.30pm Tuesday to Friday every week. Students can use the computers to help with homework, with the support of a teacher.