Computing

Students in KS3 study computing, switching between generic online safety, digital media applications (such as Photoshop, Animation software, Website design, Audio and Video packages, as well as the use of key programs such as the Office suite) and basic coding (Python). The course aims to prepare students for the modern digital world, and give students a taster of digital media / coding so a choice can be made between digital media or computer science if computing is chosen as an option subject through KS4.

Computing science

Students study OCR Computer Science 9-1 GCSE with the aim to prepare students for the ever-changing world of computer science. The course centres around Python coding, with projects through the course aimed at developing real-world understanding.

Digital Media

Students study the Cambridge National iMedia course, looking at a range of digital media content including Pre-Production, Digital Graphics, Website Design, Digital Animations and Designing a Game Concept. The course combines English/Media aspects such as script writing, storyboards, design concepts etc… as well as the utilisation of key digital media programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator, WebPlus, Animate IT and DrawPlus.


Frequently Asked Questions

What courses do you currently offer?

At Year 9 (key stage 4) we offer Computer Science and iMedia as an option. Traditionally Computer Science is aimed at the higher ability Math students, whilst iMedia is available for all students.

Tell me more about Computer Science

In Year 9 & 10 the programming language Python is introduced. Students will become highly competent by the end of Year 10. Year 10 also begins to explore Computer Science Theory. Year 11 is consolidation and preparation for GCSE.

What do students achieve?

We are really proud of our outcomes. Historically >80% achieve a level 4 or above in Computer Science.

 

Why is Computing important

It is relevant to all jobs in the UK

What does Computing look like in Year 7?

In Year 7 & 8 computing is taught as part of Design & Technology (DT).

Will my child enjoy Computing

Yes. It is very creative and fun to learn.

What resources does Noadswood have to offer?

We are blessed with fabulous up to date technology. There are three large Computing rooms that can each accommodate up to 30 students.

 

Are there any clubs?

There is a Computing club that runs once a week after school


Synopsis of Study

Year 7 – Technology (Computing)

 

Autumn

The computing rotation in Year 7 is has two main components: a Computer Science part where students are introduced to Kodu and the basics of Computer Coding / instructions and logic. Students are required to make a game, based on a given environment and interactive / automatic rules which are coded for. Students also undertake a Digital Media component where they produce their own website to meet a customer brief. Students design the site and the interactive elements as well as being introduced to HTML and the construct of a webpage.

 

Spring

The computing rotation in Year 7 is has two main components: a Computer Science part where students are introduced to Kodu and the basics of Computer Coding / instructions and logic. Students are required to make a game, based on a given environment and interactive / automatic rules which are coded for. Students also undertake a Digital Media component where they produce their own website to meet a customer brief. Students design the site and the interactive elements as well as being introduced to HTML and the construct of a webpage.

 

Summer

The computing rotation in Year 7 is has two main components: a Computer Science part where students are introduced to Kodu and the basics of Computer Coding / instructions and logic. Students are required to make a game, based on a given environment and interactive / automatic rules which are coded for. Students also undertake a Digital Media component where they produce their own website to meet a customer brief. Students design the site and the interactive elements as well as being introduced to HTML and the construct of a webpage.

 

 

Year 8 – Technology (Computing)

Autumn

The computing rotation in Year 8 is has two main components: a Computer Science part where students are introduced to Python where they learn the beginnings of the language as well as the fundamentals of loops, variables, operators and key functions. The project is based around a mini project of writing the code, testing it and problem solving. For the Digital Media component students have used Photoshop, looking at the key techniques to edit images and manipulate the end product.

 

Spring

The computing rotation in Year 8 is has two main components: a Computer Science part where students are introduced to Python where they learn the beginnings of the language as well as the fundamentals of loops, variables, operators and key functions. The project is based around a mini project of writing the code, testing it and problem solving. For the Digital Media component students have used Photoshop, looking at the key techniques to edit images and manipulate the end product.

 

Summer

The computing rotation in Year 8 is has two main components: a Computer Science part where students are introduced to Python where they learn the beginnings of the language as well as the fundamentals of loops, variables, operators and key functions. The project is based around a mini project of writing the code, testing it and problem solving. For the Digital Media component students have used Photoshop, looking at the key techniques to edit images and manipulate the end product.

 

 

 

 

Year 9 – Digital iMedia

 

Autumn

 

Students begin the Digital iMedia course by learning about how the course will run (four modules, one of which is an exam consisting of all the strands that run through each module). Students will begin learning about the Pre-Production key concepts, such as clients, briefs, target audiences, reviewing and other fundamental media strands. Students will also begin undertaking a practice task called Luxury Escapes which resembles the coursework that they will do further into the course.

 

Spring

 

In the second term of Year 9 students will complete a mini-assignment within the Digital Graphics module. This is a practice unit to allow students to be clear with the structure of the course: the four learning objectives for each module, how work should be presented and likely timescales. The coursework is based around an Green Energy marketing campaign.

 

Summer

 

In the final term of Year 9, students will experience the final two modules that they’ll be covering in Year 10 – these are Website Design and Interactive Multimedia Products. Students will be expected to complete practice coursework for both components, learning the skills and techniques they’ll need to demonstrate for the marked coursework which begins in the next academic term.

 

 

Year 10 – Digital iMedia

Autumn

Students start the Digital iMedia course with the two of the four course components: Pre-Production which is the foundation part of the course, identifying key skills and strands that are present in all of the components, as well as the Digital Graphics component which has a brief of designing a digital graphic, using Photoshop. Students will be presented with both the fundamentals of the course as well as specific, Photoshop based tasks to complete. All the components to the course consist of four learning objectives: investigating the brief, planning the design, creating the work and reviewing it.

 

Spring

In the Spring term students continue with the Digital Graphics component which is based around a Photoshop brief, but also begin a second component looking at Website Design. The components to the course consist of four learning objectives: investigating the brief, planning the design, creating the work and reviewing it which students will continue with.

 

Summer

In the Summer term students continue will have finished one of their briefs (Digital Graphics) and will begin to complete the second brief (Website Design), ensuring their digital folders have all of their work and are ordered, ready for submission.

 

 

Year 11 – Digital iMedia

Autumn

In the Autumn term of Year 11, students will complete one final component of the coursework as well as prepare for the examination unit. The coursework component is the Interactive Multimedia Products which is predominantly based around presentation software. Students will also begin preparing for the January examination with the Pre-Production materials which run through the entirety of all the coursework modules.

 

Spring

Students will have completed their examination, with an optional to retake in May/June if required. This final term will see the Interactive Multimedia Products coursework being completed and students spending time ensuring all three coursework modules have all the work required, ahead of external moderation.