School of Coding & AI

Key Stage 3 - The National Curriculum

In Key Stage 3, our curriculum offers a creative, cross-curricular approach within The National Curriculum framework. We aim to deepen students’ understanding of how Computing and ICT shape society, emphasizing personal safety. Students attend one-hour weekly lessons following a meticulously crafted scheme aligned with the National Curriculum Computing programme.

This equips them with essential analytical, interpersonal, and technical skills for today’s digital landscape. Our curriculum prioritizes coding in various languages and explores crucial technical issues in computer design and usage.

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Year 7 computing curriculum

Year 7 Computing National Curriculum

Our main goal is to assist students as they explore the course of study. Students will study the fundamentals of digital literacy and programming throughout this important year. Important subjects like e-Safety, which entails knowing how to behave appropriately in the world of the internet and includes ideas like online privacy and cyberbullying, will be covered. The focus will be on computational thinking, which teaches students how to breakdown difficult issues into digestible chunks, assess them, come up with solutions, and evaluate how well they work.

Students will also learn about programming concepts like loops, statements with conditions, and variables, which will set the foundation for their understanding of how computer programmes work and how to write them. To guarantee practical coding proficiency, practical training using languages like Python, BASIC, and visual programming tools like Scratch will be provided.

It will be highlighted for understanding algorithms and their effective problem-solving abilities as well as to apply computing skills to practical situations, like using spreadsheet software for data analysis and modelling. Students will have a strong foundation in computing by the end of Year 7, setting them up for future academic success and technical literacy in a rapidly evolving digital world.

Computing Curriculum Key Topics

Students begin their computing journey in Year 7, when they study the fundamentals of digital literacy and programming. They cover important subjects including computational thinking, e-safety, and grasping fundamental programming ideas.

In Year 7 Computing, students learn how to stay safe online. They explore topics like online privacy, managing their digital footprint, and using the internet responsibly. It’s about understanding the importance of being safe and smart while navigating the online world.

Year 7 introduces students to computational thinking—a fancy way of saying problem-solving with computers. They learn how to break down big problems into smaller, manageable steps and think like a computer to solve them. It’s like learning the basics of how computers think and work.

This is where students dip their toes into programming. They learn the basics of coding, like putting instructions in order, using loops to repeat tasks, and using variables to store information. It’s like learning the building blocks of computer language.

In Year 7, students start exploring simple coding languages. It’s like learning a new language, but instead of speaking, they’re learning how to communicate with computers. They begin to understand how to write code to make things happen on a computer screen.

Year 7 Computing isn’t just about theory—it’s hands-on. Students apply what they’ve learned to real-life situations. They tackle projects and challenges that help reinforce their learning and develop practical skills. It’s about putting their newfound knowledge into action and seeing how it works in the real world.

Key Stage 3 - The National Curriculum

Year 8 Computing National Curriculum

Here, we intend to expand on the fundamental knowledge gained in Year 7 and explore a wider range of computing topics. Students will study advanced subjects this year in order to increase their comprehension and computational skills. This involves deepening their understanding of cybersecurity, where they will discover secure online conduct, encryption, and methods for countering common online threats.

Along with developing their knowledge of advanced techniques for arranging, modifying, and displaying data using databases and spreadsheets, they will also enhance their abilities in data handling and analysis. Students will learn an introduction to the concepts and tools of web development, enabling them to design and alter web pages with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Students will also study IP addresses, protocols, and network topologies as they delve into the foundations of computer networks.

They will study the fundamentals of automation and robotics, including how to programme robotic systems and comprehend sensors and actuators. The ethical and social aspects of technology will also be covered, inspiring students to think critically about online privacy, digital citisenship, and the effects of technology on society. Students will have gained greater computing knowledge and abilities by the end of Year 8, enabling them to manage the complexity of the digital world in an ethical and responsible manner and preparing them for more difficult themes in later years.


Computing Curriculum Key Topics

Year 8 builds upon Year 7, focusing on deepening understanding and exploring advanced computing topics. Students delve into cybersecurity, data handling, web development, and more.

In Year 8 Computing, students dive into the world of cybersecurity. They learn about keeping themselves and others safe online by understanding encryption, practicing secure online behavior, and exploring strategies to protect against cyber threats. It’s like learning the digital equivalent of locking doors and keeping valuables safe in the online world.

Year 8 focuses on handling and making sense of data. Students learn how to work with data, including organizing it, analyzing it, and presenting it visually. It’s like learning how to read and interpret the information stored in computers and databases.

In Year 8, students take a deep dive into web development. They learn how to create and customize web pages using languages like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. It’s like learning how to build and design websites from scratch, adding styles, and making them interactive.

Year 8 introduces students to the world of computer networks. They learn about different types of networks, like LANs and WANs, and how devices communicate with each other. They also explore protocols and network security, understanding how information travels across the internet securely.

Students in Year 8 explore robotics and automation. They learn how robots are programmed and used in various fields, from manufacturing to healthcare. They also examine the ethical and social implications of automation technologies, considering how they impact society and the workforce. It’s like peeking into the future of technology and understanding its role in our lives.

Year 8 Computing also delves into the ethical and social implications of technology. Students explore how technological advancements, such as robotics and automation, impact society, the environment, and individuals. They consider questions like who benefits from technology, who is left behind, and what ethical dilemmas arise from its use. It’s about encouraging students to think critically about the impact of technology on the world around them and to consider how they can use technology responsibly and ethically.

Key Stage 3 Computing FAQ's

Key Stage 3 marks an exciting phase in your child’s educational journey, spanning Years 7 to 9. It’s a crucial time where they build upon their primary education and begin to delve deeper into a diverse range of subjects, paving the way for their future studies.

Our aim during Key Stage 3 is to foster a love for learning, develop critical thinking skills, and lay a strong foundation for future academic success. We encourage curiosity, creativity, and resilience, preparing students for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Key Stage 3 acts as a springboard for Key Stage 4, helping students identify their strengths and interests while providing them with the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue more specialised studies. Our curriculum equips students with the tools they need to excel in their chosen subjects and beyond.

Assessment plays a vital role in monitoring your child’s progress and providing valuable feedback. Through a variety of assessment methods, including formative assessments, tests, projects, and teacher feedback, we ensure that every student receives the support and guidance they need to reach their full potential.

As a parent, your support is invaluable. We encourage you to stay involved in your child’s education by fostering a positive learning environment at home, maintaining open communication with teachers, and actively supporting your child’s academic journey.

At School of Coding & AI, we recognize and celebrate the unique abilities and learning styles of every student. Our inclusive approach ensures that all students receive the support and resources they need to thrive, including personalised instruction, access to assistive technology, and accommodations for students with disabilities.

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General Coding (Scratch, Python, Pygame, Web Development, Java, C+, C++, C#, C# Unity, Cyber Security, SQL, Roblox)

Per Lesson Per Month
1:2:1 £25.00 £99.99
Sibling (per child) £17.50 £69.99
Group £12.50 £49.99