St. Mary's

Computer Science Subject Overview

"Everybody should learn to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think"
Steve Jobs

Statement of Intent

We’re not here to teach the kids how to code, or become programmers – we’re here to teach them to think. It’s about practicing the act of deconstructing their thoughts in a clear and structured way. At the heart of our goal is to develop problem solving and pupils being able to think out the processes in a logical, critical way, this will allow them with the development of their programming language knowledge the ability to code their solution. Its about bringing down the curtain by allowing them to see complex things in a simple way (abstraction). Our end goal is to underpin all the key ideas and concepts introduced at KS5 throughout each year from 7-11, building on ideas and knowledge learnt before, so when they leave us they leave us with the skills and knowledge needed in an ever changing digital world. We want our students to leave us as masters of technology and not slaves to it, with informed choices on which platform or software to choose, to being able to create a range of ICT solutions, our learners will leave with the ICT skills to allow them to thrive after school.

KS3 Curriculum Map

Year 7 Overview

In Year 7 we combine ICT with Computer Science. Students will learn about some of the dangers and how to value and manage your behaviour and self worth online. Students will develop their ICT skills needed to access and use the colleges google cloud services to enrich their learning experience at St Marys. Students will learn about the origins of computers and how they have developed and learn and develop their coding skills across four languages. Students will finish the year with an insight into electronics and develop and code a computer system using a Microbit.

Year 7 Topics
Year 8 Overview

In Year 8 students main focus is on Computer Science, starting with algorithms and problem solving and then developing their programming skills and knowledge. They learn about the architecture of computers, understand data representation in computers and binary maths and explore storage devices. They also learn to create and edit vector graphics.

Year 8 Topics
Year 9 Overview

In Year 9 the pathway splits between ICT and Computer Science, all students will do ICT and will do the following: Students develop their ICT skills in creating and editing bitmap and vector graphics, they will explore developing a multimedia product, developing their spreadsheet skills and develop their theory knowledge in ICT.

Computer Science option students will do the following: Develop their programming knowledge and ability across scratch, small basic and visual basic, solving a range of problems. They will develop their knowledge of data representation and computer architecture and logic gates.

Year 9 Topics

KS4 Curriculum Map

KS4 Overview
We follow the AQA Computer Science course, which underpins the A-level AQA course providing solid foundations for those wanting to progress at KS5. The course is varied and covers the problem solving and programming elements along with a broad range of topics which develops our learners computer science knowledge and understanding of the digital world.
Year 10 Topics
Year 11 Topics

A Level Curriculum Map

A Level Overview
We follow the AQA Computer Science course which follows on very well from the AQA Computer Science course at GCSE. This course prepares students well for further progression into University or into the work place. The blend of programming, problem solving and theoretical elements are blended well to develop a computer science student.
Year 12 Topics
Year 13 Topics