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Computer Science

Staffing and Role:

Mrs Edward-Boyce Head of Computer Science
Mr Khawaja Teacher of Computer Science

Vision Statement:

Computing enables us to develop logic, mindset and practical skills which can be used and applied in all areas of disciplines and our daily lives. With technology changing at such a rapid pace, in order to thrive and succeed in the 21st century we need to understand how computers work. We therefore aim to transform users of technology into creators of technology by giving all our students the opportunity to think, program, build, create, persevere, develop resilience and grow. 

Students will be will prepared for further study of Computer Science at A-level and beyond.

KS3 Curriculum

Year 7

Students will begin by looking at key skills to ensure that they are ‘Curriculum Ready’ and prepared with the skills that they will require for all subjects studied at Testbourne School.  They will then delve into the world of responsible digital citizens and programming, building their first websites in HTML before looking at a variety of programming languages in its simplicity, to enhance engagement and computational thinking.

Unit 1 – Curriculum Ready
Unit 2 – My Digital World
Unit 3 – Introduction to HTML and Web Design
Unit 4 – Introduction to Programming
Unit 5 – Introduction to Image Manipulation and Data representation
Unit 8 – Microbit Madness

Year 8

In year 8, students will continue to hone their skills as programmers. They will take on more challenging programming tasks in various programming environments and will sample what the GCSE subject will be like. They will learn how the computer stores and communicates information and how data is represented in binary form.

Unit 1 – Scratch Advanced
Unit 2 – Infographics
Unit 3 – HTML & CSS
Unit 4 – Python
Unit 5 – Binary Bits and Bobs
Unit 6 – Further Python

KS4 Curriculum

At KS4, students will study the OCR 9-1 Computer Science course. The course consists of 3 Components:

Component 1: Computer Systems

This component focuses on 8 key areas, systems architecture, investigate computer memory and storage, the exploration of modern network layouts and how they function, build skills in the ever-important realm of cyber security, investigate how types of software are used within computer systems and stretch wider comprehension of how computers and computing affect ethical, legal, cultural and environmental issues.

Component 2: Computational thinking, Algorithms and Programming

This component offers a hands-on approach to studying the fundamental algorithms in computer science, whilst building a firm foundation in programming techniques.

Component 3: Programming Project

This is a 20-hour mandatory non-examinable project that allows students to build skills on an independent coding project by solving a real-world problem.

Useful resources and reading:

  • Revision guide: CGP: New GCSE Computer Science OCR Complete Revision and Practice - for the Grade 9-1 Course (with online edition)]
  • New Grade 9-1 GCSE Computer Science OCR 10-Minute Tests
  • Current news articles covering a breadth of subject related topics and developments
  • YouTube Channel: craigndave https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCiOXwirraUAvkTPDWeeSqAKty3LAG37-

Extra-Curricular Activities:

  • Coding Club
  • An array of competitions and challenges, including Open Schools Software Competition, Vodaphone App Schools Challenge, Cyber Discovery, Cyber Ambassadors

Quotes from Students:

When Mrs Edward-Boyce said that "Computer Science  is making sense of nonsense" she was absolutely right!  I never thought I would be able to code my own script but I have, with the supports and encouragement of my teachers; giving me a great sense of achievement and aspirations to believe that anything is possible.