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Computer Science

Year 10 Computer Science

Computing at Thorpe House School incorporates aspects of coding, computational thinking, digital literacy and information and communications technology.  The aim of lessons in Years 7 and 8 is to provide a broad and balanced overview of the subject through a mixture of practical and theoretical topics, as well as prepare pupils in order to make an informed choice about taking Computer Science which starts in Year 9.

Pupils who have opted to take the subject will follow the Cambridge IGCSE 9-1 Computer Science (0984).

Facilities

The subject is taught by the Head of Computer Science in the school’s ICT Suite.  Each pupil is provided with a username and password in order to access the school’s network during lessons.  They are also provided with access to Google Classroom which is regularly used for homework/prep.  There are enough computers in the ICT Suite to ensure every pupil has an individual computer to use during lessons.

Autumn Term

Number Representation:

Binary systems
Hexadecimal
ASCII
Images
Sound
Data Compression

Communication and Internet Technologies:

Data transmission
Error checking and correction

Spring Term

Communication and Internet Technologies:

Introduction to the Internet
Internet principles of operation
Security aspects

Hardware:

Boolean logic
Universal gates
Logic Circuits
Computer Architecture (von Neumann)
Types of memory (RAM and ROM)
Storage devices

Summer Term

Input and Output Devices

Barcode readers, scanners and cameras
Manual input devices (keyboards and keypads, pointing devices, microphones, touch screens, interactive whiteboards)
Describe how these principles are applied to real-life scenarios
Sensors
Speakers, screens and projectors

Ethics:

Ethics: Copyright and plagiarism
Ethics: The spread of computer systems
Ethics: Issues of electronic communication

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