Turing House
KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 8 Computer Science
Term 1aCyber Security
In the first lesson, students will learn how to use the network and systems at Turing House, the importance of choosing secure passwords and organisation. Students will develop understanding about cyber security by taking on the role of a cyber security agent working through a range of challenges to ensure the online protection of an organisation. Student will be introduce to how computers work and how to use them safely. E- Safety, Operating Systems and Utilities.
Assessment: Students will complete a series of online quizzes and complete evidence based tasksKey Words and Terms
Term 1bIntroduction to Programming - Scratch
Students are introduced to programming using an online platform called Scratch. Initially, students build up basic programming skills and understanding using block programming to solve a range of problems which include the use of the key constructs sequence, selection and iteration. Students move on through the levels to develop deeper understanding and skills in text based languages Python and JavaScript by solving further challenges that require logic and resilience.
Assessment: completion of a practical task and an online assessmentKey Words and Terms
Term 2Programming with micro:bits
This is an introduction to coding and computer science by way of making and design, using the revolutionary new micro:bit microcontroller board, and Microsoft’s easy and powerful MakeCode block-based coding environment. It is a project-based curriculum with a maker philosophy at its core; the idea is that by making physical objects, students create a context for learning the coding and computer science concepts.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
Term 3Website Design - Google Sites
Google Sites is a Google web application that allows users to create wikis and websites, with ease of use and collaborative design. Google Sites is free to use and is included in the G-Suite Education list of tools. Web design tool for developing websites, student project sites, or encouraging students to show their knowledge in different ways, check out Google Sites. Students will learn how to make Sites, add pages, hyperlinks, navigation and to customise layouts.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
Term 4Control Systems and Algorithms: Flowol
Students learn about control systems and develop an understanding of why and how technology is used all around us. The main focus is learning about input, process and outputs involved in developing controls systems and students investigate the importance of systems design and the consequences of system failure. Students will use Flowol to develop their logical reasoning and problem solving talents, develop programming skills and explore the world of automatic, autonomous systems and robots. Flowol supports many programming elements including sequences of instructions, branching using decisions, loops (infinite, or based on a condition or count), variables and simple variable manipulation and sub-procedures
Assessment: Students will be assessed practically and will produce a report demonstrating their understanding of the algorithm.Key Words and Terms
Term 5Digital Literacy - iDEA
The Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award, known as iDEA is an international programme that helps you develop digital, enterprise and employability skills for free. Through our series of online challenges, you can win career-enhancing badges, unlock new opportunities and, ultimately, gain industry-recognised Awards that help you stand out from the crowd.
Assessment: Student will complete online assessment and complete badges to gain the qualificationKey Words and Terms
Term 6Introduction to Python
Students are introduced to programming using Mu Python interpreter. Initially, students build up basic programming skills using text based Python to solve a range of problems which include the use of the key constructs sequence, selection and iteration.
Assessment: Final Task and an on screen assessment Key Words and Terms