Computer Science

Staff

Head of Department: Mr Eason (Assistant Headteacher)

Teacher of Computer Science:  Mrs J Thomas (KS4 coordinator)

Lead Teacher of Computer Science and E-safety: Mr D Taune

Teacher of Computer Science:  Mr G Quaicoe (KS5 coordinator)

Teacher of Computer Science:  Miss Gillin (6th Form Co-ordinator)

Teacher of Computer Science:  Mr A Ali

 

All members of the Computer Science Department have a wide range of industry experiences and skills. The main strength of the team is the expertise that each teacher brings to the classroom. The commitment, hard work, innovation and enthusiasm of the team is evident on a daily basis in any Computing classroom.

 

Our Aim

To enable pupils to acquire computing skills knowledge and understanding that can also be transferred to support them in other areas of the curriculum. Computer Science has a crucial role in enhancing the learning process at all levels and across a broad range of activities including but going beyond the national curriculum.

Pupils are encouraged to have open, enquiring minds and to perceive Computer Science in the context of a wider body of knowledge, skills and vocabulary.

 

Departmental Ethos

The Computer Science Department has a team ethos. Change is embraced as the department constantly reflects upon its activities, recognising areas for improvement and building up on its successes.

 

We have very high expectations of all students and encourage them to achieve their full potential. The team strongly believes that discipline coupled with a productive working environment is essential for success. We concentrate on reinforcing good behaviour, work and the maintenance of a positive working ethos.

 

We aim to further students’ computing knowledge, understanding and skills across all students’ ages. It is a vital part of being a member of a technologically advancing society in the 21st century. All members of the Computer Science Department have an overriding responsibility to reinforce and promote the spiritual, moral and cultural ethos of the school.

 

KS3

Year 7 - Students are taught Computer Science 3 periods over two weeks. Throughout Year 7 students are introduced to aspects of Computer Science and programming in order to bridge the experiences from Primary to Secondary school.

 

Year 8 - Students are taught Computer Science 3 periods over two weeks. Students extend their knowledge, understanding and skills in Computer Science. They become more skilled in their programming knowledge, using computers to solve problems and provide solutions. They are made more aware of the ways in which appropriate tools and information sources can help them to apply their knowledge across all subjects.

 

KS4 –GCSE Computer Science Option

Students are taught Computing 5 periods over two weeks. They will study fundamentals of computing, data representation and database applications, aspects of hardware and software and the use of networking for communication. In Year 10 they will need to complete a piece of coursework which will involve programming in Python a solution to a given problem. The course concludes in Year 11 with two externally assessed exams.

 

Y9 - Y11 - Exam Board - OCR Computer Science J276 New Specification (9-1)

Exam 1 – Computer Systems 40% of Exam grade - Time allowed 1hr 30 mins

Exam 2 – Computational thinking, algorithms and programming

  • 40% of Exam grade - Time allowed 1 hr 30 mins
  • Controlled Assessment - Programming project
  • 20% of Exam grade - Time allowed 20 hrs

 

KS4 ICT Cambridge Nationals In Information Technology Option - J808

This new Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Information Technologies focuses on data, how it is collected, used, processed, interpreted and presented within the framework of an IT project life cycle. It will allow learners to be confident IT users across a range of digital technology, developing their transferable skills and knowledge to continue to be confident IT users with new technology as it emerges.

 

There are two assessments: one external exam and the other internally assessed and externally moderated, each worth 50% of the total qualification.

 

KS4 ICT Cambridge Nationals L1/2 Core ICT (J800 – 2Units equivalent to ½ GCSE)

This is a vocationally-related qualification that takes an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment. The everyday use of ICT, from PCs to smartphones, now impacts all of our lives. This qualification reflects provides students with a solid understanding of the subject which they can use in their working lives. Three themes are covered: business information systems, creative and technical.

This course consists of 1 written external exam and 1 controlled assessment task set by OCR exam board.

 

Year 10 - Students are taught 2 periods over two weeks. They complete theory tasks towards a 1 hour written external exam May 2018. (R001-Understanding Computer Systems)

 

Year 11 - Students are taught 2 periods over two weeks. They finalise their 1st coursework unit towards their final Y11grade. (R002- Using ICT to create business solutions)

 

 

 

KS5 ICT Cambridge Technical Level 3   (Code: 5839 Unit equivalent to 1 A Level

The course consists of 3 written exams and 2 controlled assessment task set by the centre and externally moderated by OCR exam board.

 

The students are taught ICT 6 periods over two weeks. They will study three mandatory units that are externally assessed. These are the Fundamentals of IT, Global information and Cyber security. Learners must then take two of the four optional units that are centre-assessed and moderated by OCR. The optional units include Project management, Product development, Systems analysis and design and the Internet of Everything.

 

These 5 units should be completed over two years though students can just complete units one and two to achieve an AS by the end of year 12.

 

Exam Board – OCR

Exam 1 – Unit 1 Fundamentals of IT - 20% of exam grade –Time allowed 1hr 30 mins

Exam 2 – Unit 2 Global information - 20% of exam grade –Time allowed 1hr 30 mins

Exam 3 – Unit 3 Cyber security          - 20% of exam grade –Time allowed 1hr

Coursework - 2 other units                 - 40% of exam grade

 

 

KS5 A level Computer Science   (Code H446)

The course consists of 2 written exams and 1 controlled assessment externally moderated by the OCR exam board. The students are taught Computer Science 5 periods over two weeks.

 

They will study two Computing theory units:

Unit H446/01 Computer fundamentals

This unit provides the students with a good understanding and knowledge of the working and design of processors, computer components and networks ( networking hardware, network topologies and protocols)

It also helps learners develop an in-depth knowledge of different types of software, the methodologies used to develop them and how data is represented and exchanged between different digital systems.

 

Unit H446/02 Algorithms and programming

Students learn advanced computer programming techniques, computational thinking and problem solving skills as well as sorting and searching algorithms.

The coursework consists of an advanced programming project.

 

Unit H446/03 Programming project

The students are expected to analyse, design, implement, document, test and evaluate a coded solution, solving a problem of their choosing and using a suitable programming language.

The software development methodology used is Agile, with different prototypes being implemented before their final design.

 

Exam Board – OCR

Exam 1 – H446/01 Computer fundamentals - 40% of exam grade –Time allowed 2hr 30 mins

Exam 2 – H446/02 Algorithms and programming - 40% of exam grade –Time allowed 2hr 30 mins

Coursework - H446/03 Programming project      -20% of exam grade OCR externally moderated

 

 

INTERVENTION AND EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Where students require extra help this is given in collaboration with the student themselves.

 

One to one assistance is given where necessary by the subject teacher in after school sessions.

 

In ALL cases of intervention, parents are kept informed and invited to meet with the subject teacher.

 

There are numerous opportunities for students to become involved out of lesson times with Computer Science. These include STEM organised events and Online events, webcasts etc.

 

An annual event with girls in computing is organised with the STEM organisation.

 

 

 

 

Address

 

Terling Road,

Wood Lane,

Dagenham

RM8 1JT

Phone

 

Tel: 0208 270 4242

Fax: 0208 595 4024

 

E-mail

 

office@allsaintsschool.co.uk

 

School hours

 

Monday to Friday

8.40am - 3.15pm