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KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 8 Computer Science
Term 1aCyber Security
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 
Term 1bIntroduction to Programming: Tynker
Computing is part of the Technology rotation in Year 8. For other units please see the Technology and Food Programmes of Study. Students further develop their programming skills using Kodu, a visual programming language that uses more advanced blocks and an ‘when….do…’ approach. Students build up more advanced programming skills and knowledge with the ultimate goal of designing and coding their own 3D adventure game. During the unit, students will learn additional key terminology associated with programming as well as embedding the important of planning, designing, testing and evaluating in programming.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2Control 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 3Programming with Alice
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4Ethical and Legal Issues in Technology
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5Data Representation: Binary and Hexadecimal
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5 and 6Programming with Python: Creating an Adventure Game
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 

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