During KS4, there will be a formal assessment every half term, when the students do not have a Controlled Assessment to complete. The Year 10 tasks differ from the Year 10 tasks last year as there are now 8 lessons per fortnight, rather than six, so we are able to complete three Controlled Assessments for the current Year 10′s (rather than two for the current Year 11) and then select their best two at the end of Year 11, for submission. So, the plan is:
Xmas Half Term One (Sep-Oct)
Year 10: Python programming tasks: looking for looping, logic, variables, naming conventions, efficient coding, well commented code, lists, parsing, arrays, (subroutines optional at this stage).
Year 11: Students will focus on the theory content of the course (A451) which they will be tested on during the Mocks at the end of November or start of December. Topics covered are:
- Computer Systems
- Data Representation
Check out the OCR MOOC for excellent revision materials
Xmas Half Term Two (Nov-Dec)
Year 10: A453 – Task one will start after Half Term. This will account for 30% of the final Computing GCSE and will be assessed internally before the end of February in the Spring term. Students are expected to demonstrate all of the skills acquired in Year 9 and the first half term of year 10 to achieve a good grade. Specifically, students should demonstrate an understanding of:
- Analysis – you write a half page on what you understand the problem to be and outline how you will tackle the problem
- Success Criteria – make a list of what will make your solution successful, e.g. “User will be prompted to enter their age”
- Test Plan – based on your success criteria, what tests will you carry out to ensure the code is fully tested? At least one test per success criteria.
- Design – either a flow chart of pseudo code detailing what the solution will look like. This may include use of variables – e.g. naming conventions to be used
- Coding and Debugging – write an initial draft of the code and capture the debugging process through the medium of “print screen” and paste into a word document.
- Formal testing – based on the original Test Plan, did the tests work? Again, capture via the medium of Print Screen and MS Word.
- Evaluation – what was good and what was not so good with the project? What would you change and what worked?
Year 11: Students will begin their second (and final) Controlled assessment (A452) – an investigation using Little Man Computer (LMC) and contributing tp 30% of the GCSE. There will be no formal assessment this term (except for the Mock examination).
Easter Half Term One (Jan-Feb)
Year 10: Continue with task A453
Year 11 – Continue with task A452
Easter Half Term Two (Mar-Apr)
Year 10: Starting A452 Task – an investigation using Little Man Computer (LMC) and accounting for 30% of the GCSE
Year 11: Completing Task A452 and re-visiting the A451 theory.
Summer Half Term One (May-Jun)
Year 10: Continuing with the A452 Task
Year 11: Completing revision of the A451 theory.
Summer Half Term Two (Jun-Jul)
Year 10: Completing the A452 Task
Year 11: Sitting the written examination (A451) then relaxing.