COMPUTING & BUSINESS STUDIES DEPARTMENT

 

Ms A A Patel

CTL

Ms I Patel

Lead Practitioner

Ms S Bashir

Teacher

Mr R Patel

Teacher

Mr Mohammed Ahmad 

Teacher

 

Vision & Intent

 

To create 21st century learners using an innovative, work based curriculum that enables students to be resilient and independently solve problems and be creative in their outcomes. Students to be able to be critically analyse contemporary issues and demonstrate business acumen. 

We combine units to create a foundation to build upon and introduce students to digital literacy, computer science and business studies. Our constantly evolving KS3 curriculum is broad and balanced to support students regardless of the pathway they have chosen at KS4. We expect students to be ambitious in their engagement with the curriculum through cultural capital opportunities. 

Our robust and relevant curriculum enables student to build knowledge and skills which enable them to tackle the next stage whether it is a career, academic studies and life beyond school competitively. Our curriculum provides opportunities to all students to develop mastery level skills, techniques and access powerful subject knowledge. Computer science & ICT in little Ilford school helps prepare students to thrive in an increasingly digital world.

 

Curriculum content and aims

 

The National Curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Can understand and apply the fundamental principles of computer science, including logic, algorithms, data representation, and communication and are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology
  • Can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
  • Can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems. (Computing Programmes of study for Key Stages 1-4)

Key Stage 3 Computing

 

Our 3 year spiral computing curriculum aims to cover the following strands: Safety & security, Networks, creating media, Data & Information, Design & development, computing systems, Impact of technology, algorithms, programming and effective use of tools. It has been planned using recommendations from the National Centre of computing education, National curriculum, Stem Education and looking at the needs and requirements of our students. Students are assessed through written end of unit tests, online tests and teacher feedback.

 

Year 7 Overview 

1. E safety and Impact of technology 

2. Programming essentials in Scratch

3. Programming essentials in Scratch part 2

4. Networks

5.AI_VR _ Microbits

6.Spreadsheets & Modelling data

 

Year 8 Overview

1. Computer Crime

2. Control technology & Flowol

3. Data representation

4. Computing systems, Creating media

5.Developing for the web

6. Introduction to Python programming

 

Year 9 Overview

1.Cyber security

2. Business: Marketing Mix and Business Ethics

3. Python: Creating a programming project

4. Data science

5. Representing sound using binary digits& Audacity

 

How parents/carers can support their child

Parents can:

  • Check the ICT homework on ‘Show my homework’ website.
  • Parents/Guardians can check teacher comments on Google classroom and track student progress. Parents /guardians are then encouraged to talk to their about their child about their progress in lessons/with homework.
  • When your child is using the computer, parents/guardians need to monitor the websites/ online activity. Students WILL NOT be asked/need to go on any social networking sites.

KS4 Computer science (OCR exam board)

This is a 2 year options course and all pupils are taught to:

  • develop their capability, creativity and knowledge in computer science and information technology
  • develop and apply their analytic, problem-solving, design, and computational thinking skills
  • Analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including designing, writing and debugging programs

 

 

Content  Overview

Assessment   Overview

Computer systems

  • Systems Architecture, Memory and Storage 
  • Data Representation
  • Wired and wireless networks
  • Network topologies, protocols and layers 
  • System security & System software
  • Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns

 

(01) 80 marks1 hour and 30 minutes 

Written paper

(no calculators allowed)

50%

of total

GCSE

Computational thinking, algorithms and programming

  • Algorithms
  • Programming techniques
  • Producing robust programs
  • Computational logic ,translators and facilities of languages

 

(02) 80 marks

1 hour and 30 minutes. 

 

Written paper

(no calculators allowed)

50%

of total

GCSE

                                                                    KS4 Business studies (OCR exam board)

 

This is a 2 year options course and all pupils are taught to:

  • To consider the practical application of business and economic concepts
  • Apply business concepts to familiar and unfamiliar contexts developing problem-solving skills.  
  • Investigate, analyse and evaluate business activities, opportunities and issues.
  • Make justified decisions using both qualitative and quantitative data, interpretation, analysis, evaluation and the application of appropriate quantitative skills.
  • GCSE Business Studies provides progression for those wishing to continue their studies to GCE Business, GCE Economics, banking and finance 

 

 

Content  Overview

Assessment   Overview

Paper 1

  • Business activity 
  • Marketing 
  • People

Business 1: business activity, marketing and people (01) 80 Marks

 1 Hour 30 Minutes paper

50%

of total

GCSE

Paper 2

  • Operations 
  •  Finance 
  •  Influences on business 
  • The interdependent nature of business

 

Business 2: operations, finance and influences on business (02)* 80 Marks

 1 Hour 30 Minutes paper

50%

of total

GCSE

 

Home learning

All students are expected to complete teacher set activities from doddle learn, ICT workout and the websites listed below. 

How parents/carers can support their child

  • Check the student is revising using websites listed.
  • Ensure the student checks and reads the technology & Business section on the BBC website and stays up to date with Technology & Business developments.
  • Time/support students when they are completing past exam papers.
  • Talk to them about their progress in Computing/Business.

 

Useful websites

E Safety, Computing and Business studies 

Type the titles and keywords below into a search engine to find relevant website. – see bottom for list for Parents/Guardians support. 

Computing links 

Learn to code 

Business studies links

E-Safety for parents/guardians/students

Future Pathways 

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