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Year 8 - KS3

Curriculum Map

Half Term

Unit of Work

Home Study

Autumn 1



Digital Skills – Desktop Publishing

Task 1:

Create a fake text message conversation with a friend using and pretend you are giving them some advice and support because:

Scenario 1 – They are being cyber bullied
Scenario 2 – They have sent a nude selfie to a stranger

Task 2:

Visit the sites and

Familiarise yourself with what help and support is available. You can get advice about a number of issues affecting young people online.

In particular, spend time looking at:

Watch videos and read some of the articles.

Task 3:

Create a PowerPoint or Google Slides document containing a Glossary of Key Terms you have learnt throughout this unit.

Add a short description of each term and include some pictures/diagrams that will help you when you come to revise this topic later.

Task 4:

Take a screenshot of the toolbar/ ribbon/ menu, along the top of a popular piece of software you use, such as Microsoft Word (Microsoft), Google Docs (Google) or TextEdit (Apple Mac)

Annotate the toolbar by drawing a line to the icons and name what each of the icons do.

Autumn 2



Computer Hardware

Task 1:

Create a presentation to store a picture and definition for all of the keywords covered in this topic (see the list below)


Desktop computer

Peripheral device

Input device

Output device


Fetch-execute cycle

Gigahertz (GHz)



Cache memory

General purpose

Embedded system



Primary memory

Secondary storage

Magnetic storage

Optical storage

Solid state storage


Task 2:

Draw a pyramid showing the order of computer memory sizes from a Bit to a Petabyte.

Try to include the size (in bytes) for each memory size beside each, such as:

Kilobyte (KB) = 1,024 bytes

Task 3:

Catch up on any missing work during this topic by visiting our website:

Please submit any incomplete or missing work via Google Classroom.

Spring 1



Computer Programming with Scratch


Task 1:

Remix one of your favourite games from

To do this you need to click on the SEE INSIDE button on the game and hack about with the code to remix a game of your own based on the original version.

If you sign up for a FREE online account, you will be able to save your games you make both in school and at home (including any remixes you do!)

Task 2:

Register for a FREE student account at to play Code Combat

Register for a FREE student account on to play Rapid Router

Sign up for both accounts using your Google Classroom accounts (and NOT your personal email accounts) that were given to you by your class teacher. Attempt to work your way through the coding challenges.

Task 3:

Create a poster that explains 5 different data types, and what they are used for in computer programming.

Use the information from BBC Bitesize to help you (Search online: BBC Bitesize datatypes)


Spring 2



Digital literacy skills

Task 1:

Visit and sign in using your school ( account

Tidy your Google Drive folders so that your work is organised and stored correctly in the correct folders

Task 2:

Take a screenshot of the toolbar/ ribbon/ menu of each of the Microsoft Office Software we use in school (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher)

Annotate the toolbar by drawing a line to the icons to show the similarities between them.

Task 3:


Summer 1



Networks and the Internet

Task 1:

Create a cartoon in a software or online app of your choice that shows the journey taken by a data packet when your computer makes a request to a server to visit a webpage.

Your journey should include the following:

  • Browser
  • Ethernet cable
  • http
  • Modem
  • Server

Try to make use of Similie and Analogy in your cartoons.

Task 2:

Create an “infographic-style” poster on the different kinds of Hackers you have learnt about in class. Give a description of each hacker and some examples (if you can find any online)

If you are unsure of what an infographic looks like, then check out the link below or use the internet to discover more examples. The aim is that the poster contains lots of useful information to tell people what these Hackers do.

Task 3:

Create a presentation showing the many different types of:

  • Browsers
  • Social Media apps
  • Cloud storage providers
  • Online banking apps

That are available online today. Your presentation should include an icon/image to represent each that you have found, as well as a link to the website.



Summer 2






Web Development

Task 1:


Select the ‘Keep calm and carry on’ Poster and click ‘remix this project’.

In order to understand that code is used to create programs, websites and the digital world around us, change the grey text from line 18 so the poster has your text on it.

You can change the colours, the pictures and the size with the correct HTML code.

Select the tutorial page for help.

Task 2:

Remix a current news website to create some fake news.

Take a screenshot and print the page or copy it into a Google Slides presentation and save it in your Google Drive.

Task 3:


Use the website app to create a wireframe document of a popular website you visit often.

For more help on what a wireframe is, Wikipedia has a few good articles:


At the end of Year 8 you are expected to make your options choices for your GCSEs. It is important that you get to learn a wide range of Computing theory topics including data representation – looking at how computers use and represent data, system security – looking at viruses, hacking and cyber criminals, and ways to protect computer networks and the use of computer simulations to model real-world behaviour and systems; as well as continue to develop your problem solving skills by moving on to more text-based programming languages – Python and Small Basic.

We hope that by the end of Key Stage 3, you will have a good idea of the requirements for a GCSE Computer Scientist and will choose us as a GCSE option to learn more about Computer Systems, Algorithms and Programming.