Key Stage 3


Mr L Farrance - Head of Department

Mr J Thomas 2ic

Mr K Tonge (KS3)

Mr F Uddin (KS3)

KS3 Computer Science

At KS3 Students will receive 2 x 60 minute over a two week period. During which time they will cover the content identified below. Students are given opportunities to link work undertaken to future career pathways such as programming, web development, modelling using spreadsheets and also sound manipulation.




Students are given access to MSTeams where they can view resources used in lesson and also ask questions about particular topics should they need to do so out of learning hours.
They should speak to their computer science teacher for their login details

Extra-Curricular/Enrichment opportunities:

The computing department offers some exciting enrichment opportunities for the students throughout the year.

Code Club: (open to KS3 students)

During the school year students will have the opportunity to get involved with code club where they will further develop their programming and computational thinking skills.

Bebras Computing Challenge:

Students will be given the opportunity to take part in the Bebras Computing Challenge which runs annually in November. The Bebras Computing Challenge introduces computational thinking to students. It is organised in over 40 countries and designed to get students all over the world excited about computing. Students who reach the top 20% nationally will be invited to take part in The TCS Oxford Computing Challenge. Further information can be found at:

iDEA (Duke of York) Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award

iDEA is a programme that helps you develop digital and enterprise skills for free. Through our series of online challenges and events, you can win career-enhancing badges, unlock new opportunities and, ultimately, gain industry recognized awards that help you stand out from the crowd. iDEA is for anyone who wants to develop their skills. Further information can be found at:

Everybody Reads in Computer Science: (Useful Links / Reading) - Promoting the safe and responsible use of technology for young people.  - BBC Bitesize  - Python version 3.6 (free)  - Speak to teacher about classroom codes


Year 7

Students will initially be shown how to use schools systems such as MSTeams and undertake basic skills such as saving work, file access to shared...

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Year 8

This unit covers some of the legal safeguards regarding computer use, including overviews of the Computer Misuse Act, Data Protection Act and Copyright Law and...

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Year 9

This unit introduces students to the world of computational thinking and logic.

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