Computer Science


Head of Department: Mr Bailey

Mr Smith


Departmental Curriculum

At St Philip Howard the Computer Science curriculum has been sensibly planned to enable all pupils to be challenged and given the opportunity to learn and explore a wide variety of Computer Science and ICT related topics.

The skills developed from the start of KS3 are planned to be built upon through the year groups as they progress through to KS4. The various topics devised are intended to encourage students to have a love for technology and inspire them to use computer science and ICT skills across the whole curriculum in the school.

The department is in an exciting period and the forward thinking planning and delivery is having a big impact on how pupils engage in the subject.

Year 7

During the first year pupils will learn a variety of topics from both Computer Science and ICT. It’s very important that that pupils coming into the school are giving the opportunity to develop their basic ICT skills and also gain an understanding of computer science. The pupils will learn a variety of topics to embedded the fundamental skills they will need later in the subject.

The topics they will cover are:

1.       IT Basic Skills, VLE Training and E-Safety

2.       Binary – Level 1

3.       Introduction to Spreadsheets

4.       Graphical programming

5.       Text based programming – Level 1

Year 8

In year 8 the pupils build on the foundational skills that they developed in year 7. They will progress the programming and coding skills and also improve their understanding of computer maths; through advanced binary and hexadecimal. They will leave year 8 enhancing their spreadsheets skills and then learning how to manage a project to develop and IT system.

The topics they will cover are:

1.       Text based programming level 2

2.       Binary and Hexadecimal

3.       Introduction to Computer Systems

4.       Spreadsheets

5.       Project


Year 9

During year 9 pupils are exposed to a wide variety of topics that are engaging and challenging for all levels. This year allow pupils to build upon the skills and knowledge developed at KS3, whilst also preparing them for what is to be expected at GCSE. This is a hugely important year for the pupils, it allows them to build confidence in areas of the subject that are demanding. Topics and lessons are planned carefully to ensure that a love for learning is evident in the classroom, thus giving the pupils belief as they move into the start of the GCSE in year 10.

The topics covered in this year are as follows:

1.       Computer Systems

2.       Theoretical Programming

3.       Data Representation & Computational Logic

4.       Practical Programming

5.       Programming Projects



The OCR Computer Science (1-9) GCSE is taught from year 10 to year 11 and is a brilliant opportunity for pupils to thoroughly learn and develop in a challenging and exciting subject.

From Year 10 onwards the pupils start to get thoroughly prepared for their exams and practical work and start to be thoroughly assessed in all areas of the course so that the pupils are in the best possible position when they reach their exams in year 11.

The course is broken down as follows:

Component 1 – Computer Systems

1.       Computer Systems

2.       Networks

3.       Issue in Computer Science

Component 2 – Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming

1.       Algorithms

2.       Programming

3.       Design, Testing and IDE’s

4.       Data Representation and Computational Thinking