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What are students studying in Computing this year?

In Year 7 students will cover a very wide variety of topics to do with Computing, including E safety, digital literacy, an introduction to ‘computational thinking’ & programming with a visual programming language. 

In Year 8 students will be introduced to web development in HTML & CSS, data representation, programming games in Minecraft on the Raspberry Pi, and an introduction to hardware & software theory.

In Year 9 students are introduced to app development, computer systems, the Internet & programming in a textual language, Python.

What are the major assessments this year?

Students are assessed on each topic building to a major assessment at the end of each term, which incorporates all the topics covered that term. At the end of each year, students will sit a written paper covering all topics and have a practical assessment in class.

What will the current performance grade be based on?

The current performance grades are based on all the work she completes this year, including classwork and homework as well as the end of term assessments.

What should my daughter do if she feels she is struggling in the subject?

In the first instance, she should speak to her subject teacher. She should try to identify specific areas of the subject which she is finding a challenge so that we can offer targeted support. We offer specialised support for students who have English as an additional language or who have specific needs like dyslexia or ASD.

How can I support my daughter?

The best way to provide general support  is by talking to them about their work in the subject and how things are going. It’s also worth talking to your daughter about how you use IT in your everyday life, be it your smartphone, surfing the web or at work.

What kind of independent work should my daughter be completing?

Students are given regular independent homework to complete and this should be recorded in your daughter's planner. In addition, your daughter can use the software or programming languages used in class to create her own work, e.g. create games using Scratch, develop a website or develop an app.

Who can I contact for further advice and information?

Please feel free to contact the Head of Computing, Mr Hunt, on with as much detailed information as possible.

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