Computing

 

Computing Science

S1-S3 Course Outline

 

S1 – one period per week

Stop Frame Animation

Pupils look at storyboarding and using either a digital camera or a stop frame app on their own smartphone they create an animation.

Video Editing

Pupils create both an X Factor styled video and a lip sync video.  During the process they learn about transitions, text and audio overlays, trimming and muting.  This involves independent and group work.

Scratch block world coding

Pupils are introduced to programming and such structures as sequence, selection and repetition.  This is looked at within a gaming environment, where pupils work their way from creating Pong and Pacman to eventually designing their own game.

Internet Safety and Cyber Security

Cyber security is about vulnerabilities in hardware, software and most importantly people.  Pupils are introduced to current issues and learn how to become more secure. They are also encouraged to discuss Cyber security issues with parents/carers and their wider family.

 

S2 – one period per week

Code.org

This section of the course builds on programming skills gained in S1 and further encourages computational thinking and its impact on problem solving.

App inventor

Pupils learn the skills necessary to design and create apps.  The best apps, chosen by our S6 Advanced Higher pupils, are then hosted on Google Play.

 

S3 – 5 periods in total

Wordpress – Webpage creation

Using wordpress as a content manager pupils create their own webpages. Pupils work in pairs and the topic of the webpage is chosen by them. 

 

Homework

Homework is issued at an appropriate stage in each topic, this may be in the form of written answers, research, or design plans.  Homework is issued to enhance or reinforce the teaching taking place in the classroom, and may at times be posted and submitted on Edmodo.

 

Skills development – learning life and work

Enterprise and Employability are encouraged by participation in BIMA Digital Day and Apps for Good.  Both of these involve input from industry experts via live streaming or google hangouts.  Pupils gain first hand knowledge of what it is like to work in the Digital Industry. 

Resilience, adaptability and determination to succeed are skills learnt through team work and the challenges of producing software to meet specifications.

Entitlements Provision

Literacy is enhanced by the consideration of how best to present information within for example webpages or the design of user manuals.  Numeracy skills are used when calculating memory storage requirements for software or files produced and in programming when using repetition constructs.  Cyber security, internet safety and appropriate netiquette are all involved in a pupil’s digital wellbeing and the footprint they leave behind for years to come.