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30th March 2020

The work below is the core minimum which students are expected to complete this week. Teachers will contact students via email with additional tasks and extension work where appropriate. 

Year 8 Computer Science

The resources below are designed to support your child in their learning of Computer Science content. Students will be required to check their emails to ensure they stay on top of their specific assigned learning set by their class teacher.

This term our future coders have been introduced to both fundamental programming concepts and the Python programming language. Students are currently using two online learning platforms (Code academy and Seneca) and are working towards completing set tasks each week.

This week, all students will be completing set tasks outlined from their teacher via email:

  • Code Academy – Python 2 Online theory Course with key exam questions
    1. https://www.codecademy.com/learn/learn-python
    2. Students to complete Task 1: Python Syntax (Steps 1-14)
    3. There are three panels on the screen: Learning panel (LHS), scripting panel (middle) and the output panel (RHS)
    4. Students can use the learning panel to go through each step, complete the set task and use the hints section to help them debug a problem.
  • Seneca Assignment – Python 3 Programming skills on Data Structures
    1. https://www.senecalearning.com/
    2. Students will be given a class code
    3. Feedback on last week’s HW - Introduction to Python covering:
      1. Input & Output
      2. Data Types
      3. Variables & Constructs
      4. Arithmetic & Relational Operators
      5. Boolean & Assignments
      6. Selection
      7. Iteration
    4. Students to retake Introduction to Python to achieve 95% pass rate and start Data Structures covering:
      1. Lists
      2. strings
      3. File handling
  • In addition to programming, students have started working towards an Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award, known as iDEA which is an international programme that helps students to develop digital, enterprise and employability skills. Students must sign up to iDEA with their selected organiser code given by their class teacher and complete the assigned activities set.
  1. https://idea.org.uk/login
  2. Register and enter the organiser code given by your class teacher
  3. Students should complete the online challenges set
  • By completing a set of online challenges, students can win career-enhancing badges, unlock new opportunities and, ultimately, gain industry-recognised Awards that help students stand out from the crowd.

Year 9 & 10 Computer Science

OCR GCSE J276 9-1 Computer Science

The resources below are designed to support your child in their learning of Computer Science content. Students will be required to check their emails to ensure they stay on top of their specific assigned learning set by their class teacher.

This term our future coders have been introduced to both fundamental programming concepts and review theory on Computer Systems. Students are currently using two online learning platforms (GCSEpods and Seneca) and are working towards completing set tasks each week.

This week, all students will be completing set tasks outlined from their teacher on:

  • Seneca Assignment – Python 3 Programming skills on Data Structures
    1. https://www.senecalearning.com/
    2. Students will be given a class code
    3. Feedback on last week’s HW - Introduction to Python covering:
      1. Input & Output
      2. Data Types
      3. Variables & Constructs
      4. Arithmetic & Relational Operators
      5. Boolean & Assignments
      6. Selection
      7. Iteration
    4. Students to retake Introduction to Python to achieve 95% pass rate and start Data Structures covering:
      1. Lists
      2. strings
      3. File handling
  • Log into: https://members.gcsepod.com/login and complete the following assignments by watching and making notes on each podcast and completing the set exam questions.
    1. Von Neumann Architecture & Embedded Systems
    2. CPU
    3. RAM and ROM
    4. Storage
    5. Component 1: System Maintenance & Operating System
  • Students must go through the feedback on their marked assignments and where there are corrections; students must reattempt the exam question again and resubmit.

Year 11 Computer Science

OCR GCSE J276 9-1 Computer Science

The resources below are designed to support your child in their learning of Computer Science content. Students will be required to check their emails to ensure they stay on top of their specific assigned learning set by their class teacher.

This term our students have been introduced to theory revision materials on Component 1: Computer Systems and Computational 2: Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming.

  •  GCSE Pod - Please can ALL students complete the following GCSE pods for Component 1 and Component 2 content and attempt ALL exam questions:
  1. Log into: https://members.gcsepod.com/login and complete the following assignments by watching and making notes on each podcast and completing the set exam questions.
    1. RAM, ROM & CPU
    2. Memory and Secondary storage
    3. Features of an operating system
    4. Systems Maintenance
    5. The internet
    6. Data Compression
    7. LAN and WAN
    8. Representation of data
  2. Students must go through the feedback on their marked assignments and where there are corrections; students must reattempt the exam question again and resubmit.
  • Students are working through their printed topic revision packs to complete past exam papers.
  • In addition to programming, students have started working towards an Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award, known as iDEA which is an international programme that helps students to develop digital, enterprise and employability skills.
  1. Students must sign up to iDEA with their selected organiser code given by their class teacher and complete the assigned activities set.
  2. https://idea.org.uk/login
  3. Register and enter the organiser code given by your class teacher
  4. Students should complete the online challenges set

By completing a set of online challenges, students can win career-enhancing badges, unlock new opportunities and, ultimately, gain industry-recognised Awards that help students stand out from the crowd.

Year 9 Digital Information Technology

Pearson’s BTEC L2 Tech Award in Digital Information Technology

Students have completed the first component and have explored user interface design principles and project planning techniques. Students will now build on from Component 1 and explore Component 3 (external scenario based examination) how organisations use digital systems and the wider implications associated with their use.  During this component, students will demonstrate their knowledge to propose digital solutions to realistic situations.

This week, students will continue to use their Google Classrooms and complete the set task:

  1. Under Topic Learning Aim A: 1. Ad hoc networks & 2. Issues with Ad hoc networks
    1. Select and download the presentation:
    2. Make notes on ad hoc networks:
      1. Define ad hoc network
      2. Open Wi-Fi
      3. Network key
      4. Tethering/Personal Hotspot
      5. Benefits of ad hoc networks
      6. Security issues
      7. Performance issues
      8. Network availability: black spots, mobile network coverage, available infrastructure, developed vs, developing countries, network in cities vs. rural locations
    3. Complete two class worksheets and one homework electronically
    4. Upload notes, two class worksheets and one homework onto your Google Classroom assignment submission
    5. Deadline for submission will be set on Google Classroom

Year 10 & 11 Digital Information Technology

Pearson’s BTEC L2 Tech Award in Digital Information Technology

Students have completed the first internal assessment and sat their external examination in Feb 2020. Students will now build on from Component 1 and 3 and explore Component 2 (internal scenario based assessment) to collect, present and interpret data. Students will explore how data impacts on individuals and organisations, draw conclusions and make recommendations on data intelligence and develop a dashboard using data manipulation tools.

Students will explore and participate in practical activities to develop their spread sheet skills. Students will begin the activity by understanding how data can be imported from an external source. They will then explore how to apply data processing methods to raw data. These include:

data manipulation methods:

  • importing data, e.g. from other files, the internet
  • formulae, e.g. add, divide, subtract, multiply
  • decision-making functions, e.g. IF, WHATIF, SUMIF
  • lookup functions, e.g. VLOOKUP, HLOOKUP 
  • string operation functions, e.g. LEFT, RIGHT
  • count functions, e.g. COUNTBLANK, COUNTIF
  • logical operators, e.g. NOT, AND, OR
  • sorting, e.g. sorting multiple columns and values
  • outline, e.g. group, ungroup, subtotal
  • filtering, e.g. greater than, less than, equals, contains, begins with, ends with
  • text to columns, e.g. delimited, fixed width.

Other processing methods:

  • absolute and relative cell referencing, e.g. use of dollar sign ($) and named cells
  • macros, e.g. for automatic navigation, change graph options, change data ranges
  • data validation, e.g. list check, type check, length check
  • multiple and linking worksheets, e.g. for dashboard and raw data
  • cell comments
  • alternative views, e.g. hiding/unhiding cells, freezing planes
  • conditional formatting, e.g. data bars, colour scales, icon sets.

This week, students will continue to use their Google Classrooms and complete the set task:

  1. Under Learning Aim B: Data Processing Methods
    1. Download the presentation on spread sheet skills on data manipulation methods and make notes on the different methods
    2. Watch the three videos on data processing skills
    3. Apply the three skills to the raw data which has been provided
    4. Complete the template electronically
    5. Upload notes, completed spread sheet and template onto your Google Classroom assignment submission
    6. Deadline for submission will be set on Google Classroom