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St Michael's Middle School

Computer Science

General Information

Computer Science is used across the curriculum in all subject areas. Also, Computer ScienceComputer Science is blocked as part of the practical subjects where specific skills are taught.

Year 5

In Year 5 pupils extend their knowledge of I.C.T. gained in the First Schools. During the first half of the Autumn term, particular emphasis is placed on using and searching the Internet safely and responsibly. Graphical modelling is another creative, and enjoyable, part of the curriculum where Spex+ is used to create 2D and 3D environments. Year 5 pupils also learn how to use the Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher), Data Handling is also covered in Year 5.

Year 6

Pupils in Year 6 focus on improving their knowledge, skills and understanding related to different aspects of the I.C.T. curriculum. Emphasis will be focused on working safely and responsibly when using the Internet, assessing the usefulness of individual websites and increasing their efficiency when using search engines. Other areas of the curriculum will cover control and monitoring, using formulae in a spreadsheet and producing a multimedia presentation.

Year 7

In Year 7 pupils are introduced to the Key Stage 3 Computer ScienceComputer Science Framework. The focus is on enabling pupils to be confident, creative and productive in their use of ICT, including not only the mastery of technical skills and techniques but also the understanding to apply these skills purposefully, safely and responsibly in learning, everyday life and employment. Over the year their curriculum will cover:

  • working on the Internet,
  • producing multimedia presentations,
  • developing their understanding of control and monitoring,
  • developing their problem solving with modelling,
  • improving the way they present information.

Year 8

The continuing ICT focus is on enabling Year 8 pupils to be confident, creative and productive in their use of ICT, including not only the mastery of technical skills and techniques but also the understanding to apply these skills purposefully, safely and responsibly in learning, everyday life and employment.

Over the year, their curriculum will cover working effectively with the Internet and validating the usefulness of the information found, producing multimedia presentations, developing their understanding of control and monitoring which will lead them to controlling on screen simulations, develop their problem solving with modelling and improve the way they present information. The curriculum is based on the KS3 Computer Science Framework for Y8 and linked with the EDEP Computer Science transfer project.