KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 9 Computing
Term 1Spreadsheets 
Pupils learn spreadsheet skills including the use of formulae and conditional formatting. Students will be looking at the different functions within a spreadsheet and how to manipulate these functions.
Assessment: Practical assessment, creating a functional spreadsheet.Key Words and Terms
Term 2Modern Computers 
Pupils recap computers and look at colossus to present day. Basic function machines to high level processing. Computing device components and function.
Assessment: Students will complete a practical task to be assessed on this unit.Key Words and Terms
Term 3Number Systems   
Pupils recap the denary and binary number systems from Year 7. They then learn about Binary addition and overflow errors. They will go on to tackle subtraction and binary shifts.
Assessment: A series of tasks that look at the binary and denary number systems and the conversion of numbers between the two number systems.Key Words and Terms
Term 4Python Programming 
Pupils return to coding with Python, this time looking and interactive story telling through the use of decision points.
Assessment: Practical coding challenge.Key Words and Terms
Term 5LMC 
This unit builds on the Year 7 unit. Students will revisit LMC to consolidate learning and recap, focusing on multiplication.
Assessment: A practical task of programming LMC to solve an equation, including stating the equation, creating an algorithm, coding LMC and annotating the code.Key Words and Terms
Term 6Micro:Bit 
Pupils have the opportunity to code using the interactive BBS Micro:Bits. This builds on their Python programming skills as they will use micro Python. There will also be the opportunity for students to use other programming languages.
Assessment: Practical assessment producing a programme and explanation of the function of the code.Key Words and Terms