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Curriculum Map 

In the IT and Computer Science faculty we are passionate about technology.  Students learn to decompose and model real life situations and as a result are able to design, build and create IT solutions to solve problems. 

At KS3 students study IT, computer science and digital literacy so give them a solid base for future life and study skills.  

At KS4 our students study the design and development of software used to solve problems in a variety of business, scientific and social contexts. Because computers solve problems to serve people, there is a significant human side to IT as well. 

The most important aspect of computer science is developing knowledge and understanding of algorithms and computational thinking skills to solve problems as well as understanding how technology can be used to proactively help current issues that impact on modern society.  

What is the difference between Information Technology and Computer Science? IT focuses on data handling, spreadsheets and databases and computer science is focused on programming and algorithms. Both IT and computer science include hardware, software, cybersecurity and legislation.  

 

KS3 

Subject: 

Y7 Content 

Y7 Key Assessment 

Y8 Content 

Y8 Key Assessment 

Y9 IT Content 

Y9 Key IT Assessment 

Y9 CS Content 

Y9 Key CS Assessment 

Autumn 1 

Introduction to network and esafety 

E safety topic test 

Desktop publishing 

DTP skills task 

 

 

Topic 2 Programming 

 

Programming Tasks 

Topic Tests 

Autumn 2 

micro:bit 

Programming test 

Spreadsheets 

Spreadsheet creation task 

 

 

Topic 2 Programming 

 

Programming Tasks 

Topic Tests 

Spring 1 

Spreadsheets 

Skills test 

Python 2 

Programming test 

 

 

Topic 2 Programming 

 

Programming Tasks 

Topic Tests 

Spring 2 

Spreadsheets 

Spreadsheet creation task 

Inside a PC including binary 

Binary/knowledge test 

 

 

Topic 2 Programming 

 

Programming Tasks 

Topic Tests 

Summer 1 

Python 1 

Programming test 

Databases 

Database skills task 

 

 

Topic 1 Problem solving 

NEA Styled Practice Tasks 

Summer 2 

Databases 

Database skills task 

Cybersecurity 

Knowledge test 

 

 

Topic 1 Problem solving 

 

NEA Styled Practice Tasks 

 

KS4 

Course: 

Computing Science 

Y10 Content 

Y10 Key Assessment 

Y11 Content 

Y11 Key Assessment 

Autumn 1 

Topic 2 Programming 

 

Programming Tasks 

Topic Tests 

NEA  

 

Autumn 2 

Topic 2 Programming 

Programming Tasks 

Topic Tests 

NEA 

Mock Paper 2 – Computational Thinking 

Spring 1 

Topic 2 Programming 

Topic 1 Problem Solving 

End of Topic Assessments 

NEA Styled Practice Tasks 

Revision Topics 3-6 

Exam papers / questions 

Spring 2 

Topic 3 Data Representation 

End of Topic Assessments 

Combined Revision Topics 1-6 

Exam papers / questions 

Mock Paper 1 – Principle of Computer Science 

Summer 1 

Topic 4 Computers 

Topic 5 Networks & Internet 

End of Topic Assessments 

External exams – early May. 

 

Summer 2 

Topic 6 Big Picture 

Mock Combined Paper 1 (Principles of Computer Science) and Paper 2 (Computational Thinking) 

 

 

 

KS4 

Course: BTEC Tech Award in Digital IT (Year 10 only) 

Y10 Content 

 

Y10 Key Assessment 

Y11 Content 

Y11 Key Assessment 

Autumn 1 

Topic title 

 

Formative Task: 

 

Summative Unit Test 

 

 

Autumn 2 

 

 

 

 

Spring 1 

 

 

 

 

Spring 2 

 

 

 

 

Summer 1 

 

 

 

 

Summer 2 

 

 

 

 

 

KS4 

Course: Cambridge National in IT (Year 11 only) 

Y10 Content 

Y10 Key Assessment 

Y11 Content 

Y11 Key Assessment 

Autumn 1 

Topic title 

Formative Task: 

 

Summative Unit Test 

R012 – Understanding tools, techniques methods and processes for technological solutions: 

Data handling and selection of software 

Topic tests for LO6, LO7, LO5 and LO1 as each section finished 

Autumn 2 

 

 

Testing, evaluation and revision/recap 

Topic tests for LO8 and LO2 

Mock exam 

Spring 1 

 

 

Revision 

Coursework scenario released Jan 19 R013 project management and data handling 

Exam R012 January 2019 

Spring 2 

 

 

Coursework scenario released Jan 19 R013 project management and data handling 

Some limited feedback is permitted by exam board – but coursework is under controlled conditions. 

Summer 1 

 

 

Coursework scenario released Jan 19 R013 project management and data handling 

Exam board submission first week in May 

Summer 2 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KS5 

Course: BTEC Extended Certificate in IT 

Y12 Content 

Y12 Key Assessment 

Y13 Content 

Y13 Key Assessment 

Autumn 1 

Unit 1 A - Digital Devices 

Unit 1 B -Transmitting Data 

Unit 3 – A investigating social media 

End of Learning Aim Tests  

Written report – section A 

Unit 6 Part B – Design of Website and Programming Skills 

Unit 6 Part C – Website Development 

Unit 2 – creating systems to manage information (Databases) 

Unit 6 – Part A 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Past exam papers 

Autumn 2 

Unit 1 C – Operating Online 

Unit 1 D – Protecting Data  

Unit 3 – A investigating social media 

End of Learning Aim Tests  

Written report – section A 

Unit 6 Part B & C Assignment 

Unit 2 – creating systems to manage information (Databases) 

Unit 6 – Part B & C 

 

 

 

Past exam papers 

Spring 1 

Unit 1 E – Impacts 

Unit 1 F – Issues 

 

Unit 3 B – planning social media for business 

Mock Paper 

End of Learning Aim Test 

Written report and plan – Unit 3 B 

Unit 6 Part B & C Assignment 

 

Unit 2 – creating systems to manage information (Databases) 

Unit 6 – Part B & C 

 

 

 

Past exam papers 

Spring 2 

Unit 3 B_ C– planning and creating social  media for business 

Revision A - F 

Unit 3 B_ C report 

Exam papers / questions 

Unit 6 Part B & C Assignment 

Unit 2 – creating systems to manage information (Databases) 

Unit 6 – Part B & C 

 

 

Exam – creating a database to meet business objectives. 

Summer 1 

Revision A – F  

Unit 3 B_ C– planning and creating social  media for business 

Mock Paper 

Exam papers / questions 

Unit 3 B_ C report 

 

 

Summer 2 

Revision A – F 

Unit 6 – Part A Web Site Design Principles Assignment 

Unit 2 – creating systems to manage information (Databases) 

External exam – Unit 1 

Skills test and SAM papers 

 

 

 

 

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