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KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 9 Computer Science
Term 1Cyber Security
In this unit, students are introduced to the fundamentals concepts of computing. Students will gain an understanding of the hardware components used in computer systems, including the internal components and peripherals. Students will also gain an understanding of the functions of an operating system, application software, system software and utility software and their purposes.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 
Term 1 and 2Computational Thinking: Python
This unit focuses on logic and students will gain an understanding about how computers communicate and process information. Students will be able to convert binary numbers between 0 and 15, understand sequencing of instructions and logic gates.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3Assembly Language: Little Man Computer
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4Computer Systems
In this unit, students will be introduced to text based programming language, Python. Throughout the unit, students will further develop their planning and designing skills to plan an adventure game and develop the program in Python, using their testing skills to debug the program. Students will provide evidence of the code and the program running and of testing conducted and ending with an evaluation. This unit will enable students to demonstrate their ability to think ahead, think creatively as well as use problem solving, literacy and organisation skills to produce a written report which shows the progress through a project including how errors and obstacles were solved.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5 and 6Computational Thinking: Small Basic
This unit requires students to look at changes in computing technology, how it has been used and the impact it has had on society. They will choose and research a computing technology and then present their findings as a presentation. Students will be looking at an area where changes have occurred in a computing technology as well as think about future changes that could be developed and need to show what they have found out using appropriate key terms in your final presentation. Students will demonstrate their ability to find information from different sources, summarise their findings, understand the terms ethical, social and legal and reference any sources used in a bibliography.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 

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