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Your child’s ICT teacher:

Autumn Term 1:

Your child will be studying and focusing on the GCSE Computing Controlled Assessment Preparation (A452 – Practical Investigation). Key areas of learning will cover:

  • Scenario – Many schools and colleges are now introducing GCSE Computing. Among other things, GCSE Computing requires students to learn and demonstrate programming skills. Some considerations to make are:
  • Many books and courses about programming start with the traditional program:
    • Show how a python program would be written.
    • Show how the ‘Hello World’ program would be written in any two other languages.

Autumn Term 2:

Your child will be studying and focusing on the GCSE Computing Controlled Assessment Preparation (A452 – Practical Investigation). Key areas of learning will cover:

  • Fibonacci Sequence
    • Enter code into a suitable editor, save it and run it in the Python shell. Show the output.
    • Explain each line of the code does.
    • Identify two functions in the program
    • State the purpose of the # sign in the program
    • Write a program to produce a Fibonacci sequence in another language of your choice
    • Comment on which of the two programs would be easier to demonstrate to someone learning to program

Spring Term 1:

Your child will be studying and focusing on the GCSE Computing Controlled Assessment Preparation (A452 – Practical Investigation). Key areas of learning will cover:

Coding

  • Write a Python program that will read back and display data that you have entered
    • Produce evidence to show that you have planned, written and tested your code.
  • Write a Python program that will search for a particular record by serial number and display the details.
    • Produce evidence to show that you have planned, written and tested your code.
  • Combine three Python programs together and add a menu so that the user can choose whether to write new records, read the whole file or search for a particular record.
    • Produce evidence to show that you have planned, written and tested your code.
  • Write a conclusion about the effectiveness of your solutions
  • To what extent would you recommend Python as a language for learning how to program?

Spring Term 2:

Your child will be studying and focusing on the GCSE Computing Controlled Assessment (A452 – Practical Investigation). Key areas of learning will cover:

Complete Controlled Assessment – 20 hours

Summer Term 1:

Your child will be studying and focusing on the GCSE Computing Controlled Assessment Preparation (A453 – Programming Project). Key areas of learning will cover:

Scenario

  • Use of programming techniques
  • Design
  • Development
  • Testing and evaluation
  • The report

Summer Term 2:

Your child will be studying and focusing on the GCSE Computing Controlled Assessment Preparation (A453 – Programming Project). Key areas of learning will cover:

Example Assignment

  • Design code and test a program to calculate the body mass index (BMI) for an adult.

English useful websites:

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/by-subject/computing/
https://oakmead-leaf.edmodo.com
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/computing/

Computing important dates:

Baseline Test: September 2014
Interim CA Assessment ¬- 1: January 2015
Interim CA Assessment – 2: March 2015
Interim CA Assessment – 3: July 2015

Contact the ICT Department

Phone: 01202 744600
Email: mbritland@leaf.bournemouth.sch.uk