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Marshfields School

A Positive Choice

Computing Aims

Subject Lead: Miss H Mills

Introduction: Computing at Marshfields endeavours to provide students with the chance to explore concepts in computer science, programming, IT user skills and digital literacy. This provides pupils with opportunities to develop their computational thinking skills and their independence when solving problems. Students learn how to create a positive online presence and how to stay safe when using technology. The computing department aspire to keep abreast with new developments in technology and update the curriculum and resources accordingly as part of the ongoing departmental development plan.

Pictures of students working: 

Facilities etc: Marshfields has two designated Computer Suite’s which are both available to all students and contain high quality new equipment. Alongside standard Computers and laptops the department uses Raspberry Pi’s, Bee-Bots, Pro-Bots, Makey-Makey kits and various pieces of recording equipment (web cams, microphones etc.). Students in Key Stage 3 receive two double lessons per week and in Key Stage 4 those that take Computing as an optional pathway receive four double lessons per week. In Key Stage 5 students study Independent Living with the Computing Department and this is offered in four double lessons per week also.

Key Stage 3:  

Year Group

Topics Taught

Year 7

Basic Skills & Google Apps.

 

Programming with Bee-Bots

 

Presentation Skills

Programming (Code.org)

Raspberry Pi

Spreadsheets

Micro:Bit

Year 8

 

Programming with Pro-Bots

 

Programming (Code.org)

Raspberry Pi

Presentation & Animation

Spreadsheets

Year 8 Exam

Year 9

 

Computing History

 

Multimedia Software

Spreadsheets

Programming (Code.org)

Raspberry Pi

Year 9 Exam

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 students have the opportunity to study for the TLM Ingots qualifications in IT User Skills and the DigitalMe Open Badges.

Through the teaching of the topics below students will complete coursework units to first achieve their Level 1 or 2 award in IT User Skills in year 10/early year 11. In the spring term of year 11 students will study to consolidate their learning from Key Stages 3 and 4 and learn theoretical concepts required to sit the Level 1 or Level 2 exam which lead to GCSE equivalents in the subject. The coursework units available for students are extremely diverse and flexible enabling staff to adapt the curriculum to the specific needs of the class/individual.

The Open Badges are awarded through providing evidence of tasks that are completed – much of this evidence can be gained through the students studies for the Ingots qualification coursework.

Year Group

Topics Taught

Year 10

 

Basic Skills & Google Apps.

 

 

STEM Housing Project

(Minecraft)

 

Raspberry Pi

Programming Games

Spreadsheets

Raspberry Pi

Computing History

 

Game Design

 

Programming (Code.org)

Minecraft EDU – Planning & Drawing

 

Computer Science Theory

 

Year 10 Exam

Year 11

 

Online Collaborative Working (Business)

 

 

Python Programming with Minecraft Pi

 

Digital Footprints & Employment

STEM Minecraft Village

Year 11 Exam

 

Programming (Code.org)

 

 

HTML Mozilla Thimbl

 

Java Programming project

Exam Preparation

Post-16

Currently students in Post 16 do not study Computing as a subject. They do however study Independent Living with the Computing department. Students spend a term with the Computing teacher studying for Open Badges that relate to employment and demonstrate their independence upon leaving Marshfields.