IT, Computing & Business Studies KS3


5 Ways to support your child

Allow them to download and install the free software that we use at school such as Scratch, Python, Notepad++, Bluefish, GIMP, Inkscape and Blender. LibreOffice is also free and good for working with Microsoft Office documents if you do not have MS Office software.

Ask them to demonstrate the skills they have learned, e.g. creating spreadsheet formulas.

When they have a problem solving homework and cannot get started, ask them to write down what they are thinking instead and try to explain what they do not understand.

Encourage them to find out how computers and other systems work.

Encourage them to find tutorials online and use them to improve their understanding.


Year 7 Curriculum Overview

In Year 7 pupils:

  • learn how to create formulas in spread sheets to produce simple financial models
  • arrange instructions in order to control outputs in simple systems
  • learn about data types and how to store and search for data in databases
  • learn about the different types of image file and how digital images are created
  • learn how to present work effectively
  • learn how to stay safe online
  • learn the basics of how computer systems work

Year 8 Curriculum Overview

In Year 8 pupils:

  • learn how to code web pages using HTML and CSS
  • learn how to process statistical data on spread sheets and present information using graphs
  • learn how to create a game using the application Scratch
  • learn how to create a simple program using the Python programming language
  • learn how to create animated graphics


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