Introduction: This scheme gives pupils an introduction to using the school network and includes aspects of folders and files, and graphics, all in a fun and enjoyable way. Through practical activities, pupils learn about the importance of saving their work using sensible file and folder names, how to use a blogging service, and e-mail. E-safety is also a feature of the unit.


Topics Taught in Year 7



- Logging-on

- Understanding file types

- An introduction to viruses

- Privacy settings

- Blogs

- E Safety


- Understanding   audience and purpose in presentation

- Understanding   pixilation

- Planning and building a virtual tour presentation

- Slide sorting and learning about copyright

- Review of a ‘poor presentation’ and giving feedback to other students on their presentations


Visual Programming

- Introducing control systems

- Experimenting with the scratch user interface

- Plotting precise locations on a grid

- Building a two player game


- Introduction to modelling

- Working with basic formulae

- Experimenting with formatting features of a spreadsheet and designing and building cost calculator spreadsheets

- Manually producing graphs


Exploring data

- Finding errors in a paper based database

- Collect and enter data from a data collection

- Building database tables and forms

- Querying a paper based database

- Identifying the purpose of different input and output devices



 Topics Taught in Year 8

Organising for the web

- Revision of year 7 topics and using search engines

- Searching for information about your city

- Plan your route around the world

- Working together e-safely when using cloud services

- Producing an online presentation

- Introduction section writeup


Digital Media

- Analyse web graphics to identify features used to create them

- Experiment with sound editing

- Recording your own answers to a series of questions

- Peer review

- Introduction section writeup


- Revise formulae

- Revise graphs

- Conditional formatting

- Introducing Infographics

- Introduction section write up 

Web programming

- Identify the different elements of a web page

- Correct errors on a web page

- Learn about how organisations use the internet

- Design and build a webpage for a mobile device

- Evaluate another pupils work

- Introduction section write up


Networks and the web

- Use sort and filter to find hardware components

- What is a network

- Cost-up the cabling of a hard-wired neetwork

- Work out how a PC connects to the internet

- Introduction section write up



Topics Taught in Year 9

Organising Business

- Revision and organising

- Analyse text based logos to identify the features used to create them

- Find out about how information technology businesses care for the environment

- Using the lasso tool to blur backgrounds and overlay images

- Develop a logical diagram of how a computer system works

- Produce and end of scheme report

Python Profits

- An ontroduction to Python and Strings

- Debug a file that was infected with a virus

- Correctly naming variables

- Match descriptions to Python code

- Debugging time challenge

- Flowcharts and Programs

- Produce and end of scheme report

Website coding

- Revise the structure of web pages

- Learn how to insert and style images

- Create a fully working website using HTML, inline styles, hyperlinks and images

- Apply a number of changes to the inline style of a mulit-page website

- Create a website

- Produce an end of scheme report

Advanced Data

- Introducing encryptionand the substitution cipher

- Decoding messages encrypted with a matrix cipher

- Work with images and binary

- Revise entering data, formulae and graphs

- Be the quickest at sorting data

- Capture data in a single table database

Smartphone Apps

- Explore the features of Small Basic

- Explore the graphics window in Small Basic

- Work out which lines of code create the objects in the graphics window

- Inputting text in graphics window

- Advanced x and y locations

- Use variables to calculate results on a smartphone

- Annotate code

- Evaluate another pupil’s work





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