We study the following modules in Year 8:
Programming? – Students will be taught the basics of the programming language Small Basic (a free download from Microsoft). They will learn how to output and input data to and from the user; how do carry out basic Maths using Small Basic, some basic graphics, conditional and Unconditional looping (WHILE and FOR) , logic (IF ELSEIF ELSE ENDIF) plus other useful things like File I/O
Technology – In the second half of the Xmas half term we look at Technology. This unit explains basic terminology about hardware and software, the history of computers, the internet and cloud computing. There will a be a lesson long assessment towards the end of the Xmas term on all of the topics described. The test will be within Edmodo and will take place during a lesson in school.. Results will be fed back via Edmodo.
Sound Effect Story – During the first half term, after Xmas, the students will work in teams to plan, record, edit and evaluate stories created using a variety of sound effects which can be made themselves with props and readymade sound effects.) Assessment will be made on the final delivered artefact, based upon the professionalism, quality of the delivered artefact, quality of content, evidence of planning and evaluation in the form of MS Word documentation.
Fair Cop – Prior to the Easter holidays, the students will learn about creating and using relational databases based around a science convention where a murder takes place and they need to solve the crime using basic and advanced queries. There will be an assessment, via Edmodo, towards the end of the term to test their understanding of relational databases. This will include an understanding of tables, queries, relationships between tables, keys (prime and secondary)
Bringing History to Life – Moving into the summer term, apart from the students’ appreciation of the air-conditioning available in the IT rooms, there is another team activity where they work together to plan, create and evaluate stop-frame animations to re-enact a historical event of their choice.. Again, assessment will be based upon the delivered artefact: it’s quality and content.
Programming in Python – An introduction to programming techniques including understanding writing algorithms using Python.
Students are expected to create and maintain a “Python Dictionary” on their Ipad. It is strongly recommended that students install Python on their computer at home. It is free software and is available to run on many different platforms. The students will spend all of the summer term learning to program using Python and will build on what they learned in Year 7, using Small Basic. There will be an assessment at the end of the year where students are expected to write a computer program from a very basic specification.  The depth and breadth of their solutions will determine their grade and will be based upon: