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Throughout their time in Year 8 all students get the opportunity to build and develop knowledge, skills and understanding in a variety of software applications within a selection of social and moral contexts. All students are given the opportunity to learn about how computers work, the hardware required to create a computer and the command line programming required to set up a computer or to design a product.

See below for an overview of the units being taught from September 2014.

Year 8 Course Content


Computer Types and Binary Code

This is a new and exciting unit that provides students with the opportunity to learn about the different types of computers and how they work.

Within this unit students learn not only about the desktop computer but also mainframes, servers and super computers, what they are used for and how they work. Students learn the basics concept of binary code, learning how computers receive, process and send data securely through the world wide web. Finally students must apply their knowledge and understanding of the topic through a variety of tasks to secure their understanding.  

E-Safety through HTML Coding

To ensure students to gain an appreciate of command line coding, in Year 8 students are given the opportunity to learn basic HTML coding using Notepad. 

The start of the unit requires students to re-cap on their knowledge and understanding of the topic of E-safety; looking at cyberbullying, sexting and online digital profile. Once their knowledge is secure students are then taught the basic skill of HTML coding to enable them to create a basic website to promote Safety Online. Students gain an appreciation of the skill of coding to create a website, using this basic language. 


Cryptography and QR Codes

This is a new and exciting unit introduced recently to enable students to appreciate the history of coding. This unit gives students the opportunity to look back in time at the history of when coding began; and it's significance in the two World Wars. Students learn about cracking codes at Bletchley Park and how to use encription to make data safe in the online digital world. Students learn about the significance of secure websites and the technology behind barcodes and other modern technologies that effect e-commerce.


Game Creation

Within this unit of work students will look at a GUI game creation software known as Scratch. This is a web-based software that can be downloaded for free on the internet. 

This unit requires students to look at logical sequencing and be able to write a sequence of instructions to programme characters, world/backgrounds and to do specific tasks. Students are required to plan a game, produce it and review it using a key theme and audience. 


The Environmental Calculator Spreadsheet

This is a thought provoking unit, making students think carefully about how they impact on the environment.  In this unit of work students are required to research, using internet explorer, the environmental issues that they impact on every day. From this research, students create an environmental calculator. This requires them to consolidate on skills taught in Year 7 and then build on from them. Students are required to format their work to suit a specific audience, then use a selection of formulae, including; IF statements, Look-Up Tables, =sum and basic addition. As well as these core skills, students are also taught how to use validation lists, hyperlinks and conditional formatting to improve the overall efficiency of their calculator.

See below for example work.

envir2    envir3


Computer Programming using Logicator.

 This unit of work enables students to use basic robots to create a selection of sequences to operate it. Students are required to learn how to use the pixaxe software to create flowchart sequences which can then be downloaded to the robot and used remotely. 








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