Balshaw’s Church of England High School

Business & Computing

Business & Computing Staff

For more information about the Subject curriculum, please contact: Mr S Mort the Curriculum Leader.

  • Mr S Mort - Curriculum Leader
  • Miss D Lockhart
  • Mrs J Greenwood

Balshaw's year 9 pupils have this week been completing the UK Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge.  This is a computational thinking competition, run in association with the University of Oxford.  The aim of this competition to to identify aptitude for computational thinking as well as encouraging the students problem solving skills and interest in Computer Science at KS4.

 

The questions are in the form of engaging puzzles that start off relatively easy so every student can have a go and should get something out of the competition.

 

Last year four Balshaw's students progressed to the second stage of the competition, hopefully we may have some current Year 9 students reach the Hall of Fame in 2018!

 Computers

  • There are approximately 420 computers in school for approximately 900 students
  • There are 5 main computer rooms – these are connected to a Windows 2012 network
  • There are ICT suites in ICT & Computing, Science, Technology and the Learning Resource Centre
  • Computer rooms within the Business & Computing Department are open during lunchtime (1pm to 1.30pm) and after school for student use – a timetable is displayed on the doors of rooms 33, 35 and 37
  • A pass must be obtained from Mr Mort at break time to use the computer rooms at lunchtime

Lessons

  • In Years 7, 8 and 9, students will follow the Key Stage 3 Curriculum
    • Years 7 students receives three lessons of Computing each fortnight
      • In one the extra lessons every fortnight, students will be taught Core ICT skills in Desktop Publishing, Word Processing, Presentation skills, File Management, Email and Internet research
    • Year 8 and Year 9 students receive three lessons of Computing each fortnight
  • In Years 10 and 11, students can opt for extra specialist courses:-
    • GCSE Business
    • GCSE Computer Science
  • There is always 1 computer per student
  • There is a wide range of ICT used across the Curriculum – in all subjects

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

 

Topics / Year

 

1

 

2

 

3

 

4

 

5

 

7

 

Online Safety

 

Databases

 

Modelling

 

Scratch

 

Micro:bits

 

 

8

 

Computers and Networks

 

Flowol

 

Databases

 

Small Basic

 

Graphics & Animation

 

9

 

Spreadsheets

 

Python

 

Websites & Apps

 

Computer Crime & Cyber Security

 

Networks

 

Key Stage 4

GCSE Business 

Assessment is by examination in Year 11

Students are studying the Edexcel (2017) specification and the course covers the following topics:

Theme 1:

Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

Spotting a Business Opportunity

Putting a Business Idea into Practice

Making the Business Effective

Understanding External Influences on Business

Theme 2: Growing the Business Making Marketing Decisions
Making Operational Decisions Making Financial Decisions Making Human Resource Decisions

 

  • Theme 1: Investigating Small Business (1.5 hours) (50%)
  • Theme 2: Building a Business (1.5 hours) (50%)

GCSE Computer Science

Assessment is by exam and Non-Exam assessment (coursework) in Year 11

Students follow the AQA (2016) Specification and the course covers the following topics:

Fundamentals 

of Algorithms

Programming

Fundamentals of Data

Representation 

Computer

Systems

Fundamentals

of Computer

Networks

Fundamentals

of Cyber

Security

Ethical, Legal and 

Environmental Impacts

of Digital Technology on

Wider Society including

Issues of Privacy

Aspects of 

Software

Development

 

  • Paper 1: Computational Thinking and Problem Solving – Written Exam (1.5 hours) (50%)
  • Paper 2: Written Assessment – Written Exam (1.5 hours) (50%)
  • Programming Project (20 hours)
  • AQA GCSE Computer Science is a nationally recognised qualification that is supported by Microsoft

 

Software

Free Internet access for all students via broadband. Secure filtering measures are in place to prevent access to, or introduction of, unsuitable material

Microsoft Office 2010 (Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, SharePoint and Word) are the main programs

Students also have their own school email accounts using Office 365

 

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