KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 9 Computing
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Term 1 and 2Computational Thinking   
Introduction to computational thinking. Computational thinking is not ‘thinking like a computer’ but thinking about and understanding problems (and the world) in terms of the processes going on, the data available, and the steps (presented in a standard notation) that need to be followed in order to achieve a goal. Computational thinking underpins both the Computing and Computer Science curriculums. Pupils discover computational thinking through studying how Dr Snow solved the Soho Cholera epidemic of 1854. They then apply the same algorithm in order to problem solve within the real life situation of malaria in East Africa. Pupils will have to create a spreadsheet model using formulae, create graphs, analyse data, draw conclusions and make recommendations – presented within a written report.
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Term 3Computer Basics
This unit features a very brief outline of the history of computing and the electronic computer and a practical study of computer hardware to introduce students to the components that make up a computer.
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Term 4Programming 1 – Shapes
Through this unit pupils gain an appreciation for the link between maths, art and computer science, particularly the creativity and imagination required to create works of art and computer programs based on both artistic and mathematical concepts. Some basic mathematical skills will be reinforced and much of the thinking will be based on the properties of regular shapes. Pupils will also write programs to draw shapes they have defined using algorithms. An algorithm is a set of rules that defines a solution.changes to the programming.
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Term 5Computing history
This unit build on the work from Unit 2, looking deeper into the origins of modern digital computing and computer pioneers. Moving into programming and the concepts of machine instructions, assembly language and how the CPU works.
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Term 6The web
This unit delves into what the World Wide Web and the Internet are, the language used to create web pages. As well as searching and evaluating content available on the web.
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