What will students study this term?
This term students will be working on e-safety and control technology.
Students will gain an understanding of the threats to personal data, threats to their personal safety, and ways to prevent and protect themselves from incidents of cyber-bullying.
Yr 7 – During the control technology unit, students will write algorithms using flowcharts. They will then be introduced to text programming using MSW Logo.
Yr 8 – During the control technology unit, students will use Kodu to create their very own computer game.
Yr 9 – At the beginning of the year students will receive their annual e-safety refresher including a session with a visiting speaker who will specifically discuss the legislation around sexting. Following on from this, they will develop their skills, knowledge and understanding with the text based programming language Python to create a text adventure game. During the latter half of the term students will utilise their programming skills to build a variety of projects using the Raspberry Pi and the Micro:Bit.
What assessment will students do this term?
Y7 – Students will be assessed on their understanding of e-safety following completion of an interactive e-safety quiz. A combination of teacher assessment, home learning and a summative test will support assessment of this unit.
Y8 – Assessment of the control technology unit will be in the form of a 2 hour assessment task that is under-taken at the end of the unit.
Y9 – Assessment in Python programming will follow once students have completed their text adventure program. The skills, knowledge and understanding assessed include: variables, conditionals, lists and arrays. Similarly, as soon as students have completed the projects using the Raspberry Pi and Micro:bit they will conduct self and peer assessment tasks to develop their ideas and create a workable end user product that solves a solution.
What homelearning will be set this term?
Y7 / Y8 – There will be a range of research based and written tasks set (no computer necessary) for students to consolidate the learning from the lesson. There will also be tasks where students are required to complete an activity to test their problem solving skills which are vital for a computer scientist.
Y9 – The homelearning for this term will be researched based and will support students in preparing for the final assessment. Python is freely available and so students will be able to access the many resources and support sites available to improve their programming skills. Similarly, revision sites listed below will assist in ensuring a deeper understanding of computational thinking.
What can we do at home to help with this term’s learning?
Speak to your child about the importance of staying safe online. If your child is allowed access to social media sites, sit with them occasionally to discuss the communication they are involved in.
Ask your child what they know about instructions and get them to consider whether instructions for humans differ to those for a computer. Access some of the websites below and learn computer programming alongside your child.
Y9 – Talk to your child about the difference between instructions required to run a computer programming in comparison to human understanding. Trial some of the programming activities using the websites below and learn to program alongside your child. If your child is interested in pursuing Computer Science at KS4 then consider purchasing a Raspberry Pi or Micro:Bit to help improve their skills.
What extension project can students complete at home on this topic?
Students can go to the OCR Cambridge website and extend their knowledge further on programming by reading the notes on this chapter and watching the videos which are very insightful.
Y9 – Students can download Python at home on their Chromebooks or they could use one of the many websites that have Python exercises that are marked by the computer so they can see instant results. Try www.Codeacademy.org and see if you can beat your child at some of the activities.
What are some great websites that can help with this term’s studies?