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Throughout their time in Year 9 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.

Year 9 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. (This will be taught to Year 9 for the academic year starting September 2014, however following this year this unit will only be part of Year 8.)

 

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.  

 

APP Creation

As part of the new computing curriculum students will get the experience of creating a mobile phone APP to promote e-safety. Students will learn how to programme a basic code to produce a game that will be tested by peers. This is a new and exciting unit of work, which will be further developed over the academic year. 


QR Codes and Cryptography

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. (From September 2015 this unit will only be delivered in Year 7)


Game Creation

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

 

This unit requires students to look at complex logical sequencing, to enable them to write an extensive selection of  sequences to programme; characters, world/backgrounds and to do specific tasks within certain parameters. Students are required to plan a game, produce it and review it using a key theme and audience. 


Business Project

As part of the business element of this subject, students will get the opportunity to do a business project using a sustainability theme. They will be required to learn how to construct, interrogate and report in databases, researching specific information using boolean logic and advanced searching on the internet, plus be able to communicate electronically in an appropriate and safe manner. This unit is designed to give them a range of skills that can be transferred to their option choices at key stage 4. 


Command Line Coding

As part of the new computing curriculum all students in Year 9 will experience a second form of command line coding, known as Python. All students will be taught the basic skill set to write basic programming on python idle, learning the fundamentals of how coding works. 


Music Editing (From September 2015)

From September 2015 the QR Codes and Cryptography unit (in year 9 only) will be replaced by a music editing unit. This will require students to examine the issues of downloading music, looking  at copyright and royalties. 

Students will apply complex editing skills using a piece of software called Audacity which will enable them to merge tracks, apply various effects to change the way it sounds and then convert/compress the file to a suitable format for a specific task. 


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