Subject Overview  

Hodge Hill Girls’ School provides discrete computing lessons to all Key Stage 3 pupils to develop the skills already acquired in primary school and to enable them to transfer these skills to other curriculum subject areas. Specialist computing teachers deliver the National Curriculum for Computing in an exciting and innovative way that motivates and encourages pupils to develop their ICT and computing capabilities to the highest possible standard.  

On 'Themed Activity' days, enrichment activities support all subject areas, to integrate ICT and highlight the flexibility it has to develop cross-curricular use.  

Computing is an exciting and developing area of the National Curriculum and pupils are positively encouraged to acquire high standards of independent skill and expertise, to equip them for further study and their future careers.  

Year 7  

During Year 7 pupils will build upon their ICT skills developed during primary school. At the start of Year 7 pupils focus on e-safety and the way pupils can remain safe when using the internet and social networking sites. During the Spring and Summer term Year 7 pupils also study; basic skills in Microsoft Office, spreadsheet modelling, programming using Scratch, Flowol and basic HTML.  

Year 8

During Year 8 pupils will build upon the knowledge gained during the Year 7 curriculum. In the Autumn term pupils will study image manipulation. This is followed by a database unit, where pupils will create and interrogate databases. In the Spring term, pupils will create various programs using the Python programming language. In the Summer term, pupils will study website creation using Adobe Dreamweaver and at the end of the summer will look at the components within a computer and identify how they work together.  

Year 9

During Year 9, pupils will study further Python programming skills and will use these in a variety of real life modelled scenarios. Pupils will also study unit Python turtle and build upon their HTML knowledge from Year  

Core Computing   

Pupils in Years 10 and 11 will study Core Computing where pupils will be taught to:  

  • develop their capability, creativity and knowledge in computer science, digital media and information technology  
  • develop and apply their analytic, problem-solving, design, and computational thinking skills  
  • understand how changes in technology affect safety, including new ways to protect their online privacy, identity and how to identify and report a range of concerns. 


(Reviewed September 2018)