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Year 8 - KS3

Curriculum Map

Half Term

Unit of Work

Home Study

Autumn 1

 eSafety refresher

 Logic and Simulations

Task 1: Visit http://www.ios7text.com/ and create a fake SMS conversation between two friends where one friend is giving the other some advice on either of the following topics; cyber-bullying, sexting or inappropriate contact from a stranger.

Task 2: Visit https://www.brainpop.com/games/hotairballoon/ and play the online simulation. Create a flowchart algorithm that would show people how to control the balloon.

Task 3: Create a mind-map listing all of the reasons why computer simulations are used in everyday life, giving some examples to support your reasons.

For more details click the Year 8 – Autumn 1 – ESafety – Logic and Simulations link below this table.

Autumn 2

 Problem Solving 1 – with Python

Task 1: Create a poster that explains 5 different data types, and what they are used for.

Task 2: Visit https://codecombat.com/

Follow the instructions and write the correct sequence of code to pass each level. Levels get progressively harder the further you go.

Task 3: Pygame is a Python add-on that allows you to create your own arcade games.  Try the examples and tutorials from the links given.

For more details click the Year 8 – Autumn 2 – Problem Solving 1 - Python link below this table.

Spring 1

 Data Representation

Task 1: Create a bitmap character from your favourite computer game using a 20x20 square grid and only 4 different colours

Task 2: Write a secret coded message in ASCII/Binary

Task 3:  Create a poster that could explain how the AND, OR and NOT logic gates work to a Primary School pupil.

For more details click the Year 8 – Spring 1 – Data Representation link below this table.

Spring 2

 Problem Solving 2 – with   Small   Basic

Task 1: Download the Small Basic program to your home computer for FREE from:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-US/download/details.aspx?id=46392

Task 2: Try out some of the skills you have learnt in class to produce some of your own programs. Use this link http://smallbasic.com/doc.aspx to find out more about the different commands you can use.

Task 3: Use online tutorials to create your own programs.

Task 4: Check out the Small Basic Wiki/Portal and find out more about the language. Try to attempt some of the more challenging tutorial tasks.

Summer 1

 System Security

Task 1: Collect newspaper/magazine clippings that talk about Cyber Security or hacking attacks that have been published in the news.

 

Task 2: Create a news article of a high-profile hacking case that you have seen on the news or one that you have found online.

 

Task 3: Create a set of Top Trump cards for each of the different types of Malware including Viruses, Trojans, Worms, Trojan Horses, etc.

 

Task 4: Create a poster entitled “Social Engineering” and include all of the ways a Hacker can use Social Engineering to target their victims.

Summer 2

 Digital Literacy (S-Band) or   further Python (T-Band)

 

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.