Key Stage 3 Computing
All students study 2 periods of ICT in Key Stage 3 with the aim of preparing them to be able to use computers and have an understanding of using information and programming.

Year 7

Key Topics Covered
  • Using the school computing systems
  • E-safety
  • Using PowerPoint to make a presentation
  • Scratch programming
  • Making a leaflet (using vector and bitmap software)
  • Using Excel for modelling and numeric data
  • Video project using MovieMaker
Skills Developed
  • E-safety and typing skills
  • Using a variety of software
  • increased confidence using the school computer systems

Year 8

Key Topics Covered
  • Website creation and HTML
  • Introduction to Python programming
  • Sound editing to make an audio story
  • DVD project – filming a video advert
  • Databases
Skills Developed
  • Planning and preparing information ready for use in a variety of formats
  • Organisation of information and equipment for creating websites, videos and databases

Year 9

Key Topics Covered
  • Creating an e-portfolio website
  • Photo editing project
  • Making animations
  • Python programming
  • Spreadsheets
  • Databases
  • Google Sketchup project
Skills Developed
  • Broad understanding across most ICT topics
  • Improved ability to work efficiently and quickly in a well presented manner
  • ICT skills can be transferred for application in other subject areas

How is This Subject Assessed?

This is a highly practical subject and regular feedback on work is given in lessons throughout the course, including on end of topic assessment tasks.

computer programming