Faculty of Computing and Creative Arts

The Staff:

Mrs A Ayub:           Director of Learning: Computing and Creative Arts
Ms L Ruston:         Teacher of PE and Computing
Mrs T Dauhoo:      Teacher of Art & French

Computing

Learners will be studying the exciting new KS3 computing curriculum. A high quality computing curriculum will allow learners to use computational thinking and creativity to change the world.  Computing has deep links with mathematics, science and design technology, and provides insight into both natural and artificial systems.

The core of computing is computer science, in which learners are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.

The Curriculum
At Eden, students at KS3 will follow the Hodders Compute-IT course as well as developing their programming skills in HTML, Python and Scratch. The Computing curriculum changed drastically in September 2014. For the academic year 2014/15 students in year 7 and 8 study the same units (differentiated to meet the learners needs).

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
 Year 7 Under the hood of a computer & Think like a Computer Scientist How the Web works & Web page creation from the ground up Drawing & Manipulating Shapes & Creating an Animation Games creation in Scratch  Designing for HCI: a hand held digital device & an operating system interface.  Representing Images
Year 8  Operating Systems & CMD, the Command Line  Binary & Instruction Set Design  Introduction to Python  Connecting to the Internet & Sorted  How to make a Computer Appear Smart   Recursive Patterns
Year 9 Let’s Communicate On the Move Controlled Assessment Brief Controlled Assessment Brief Controlled Assessment Brief Entertain Me & Revision
Year 10 Smart Working Shopping Experience & Health & Well Being Controlled Assessment Brief Exam Revision Exam Revision Exam Revision

What will learners be required to do in class and at home?
Learners must ensure that they know their login user ID and password and that they ensure it is kept safe. It is the responsibility of the learner to ensure that they are pro-active in protecting their login details.
Learners must bring the USB memory stick provided by the school to school each day. This must only be used for education purposes.

 How will learners be assessed?
All learners will be assessed half-termly. The assessment will be made up of peer assessment, homework, class project tasks and end of unit tests. Learners will sit an end of year test in June, where their final grade will be assessed.

How will learners progress at KS4?
At KS4, there are three pathways. The majority learners study a GCSE in ICT. This course will begin in year 9 and learners will sit the exam at the end of year 10. A small group of more able learners will study for a GCSE in Computer Science. Less able learners will undertake a BTEC ICT option.

Useful resources:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zvc9q6f
http://code.org/learn
http://www.learnpython.org/
http://www.codecademy.com/
https://www.khanacademy.org/computing/cs
http://www.w3schools.com/

Who you should see if you have any questions:
Please contact Mrs A Ayub if you have any queries or questions by either writing a note in your daughter’s planner or leaving a message at reception.

Art

Art is an important area of study for all learners, as it will help them develop as an individual and as a member of society, by engaging with our British heritage and the wider world.

Why is Art important?
Involvement in Art is associated with gains in maths, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skill? Learning Art can also improve motivation, concentration, confidence, and teamwork. Learners will develop their drawing and observational skills, they will refine their skill by drawing a range of everyday objects from first hand observation and by understanding how shape and form are manipulated to represent a still-life composition. Learners will also experiment with and select methods and approaches, synthesise observations, ideas and feelings to create a composition for a painting, using still life and natural objects. They will be encouraged to explore their artistic styles by studying a few artists and their drawing and painting styles around the subject of still-life.

Furthermore, learners will explore the colour wheel and the colour theory. They will have the opportunity to experiment with colouring pencils, paints and oil pastels. They will do studies of still life objects such as bottles, mugs, ornaments and natural objects such as flowers, leaves, twigs, rocks which will allow them to explore visual and tactile qualities, investigate materials and processes. They will learn how objects and values have different meanings in Art. The artists they will look at are Kandinsky and Audrey Flack. They will also explore collage ideas by looking at artists such as Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso and will also be able to do a 3D project using modroc/paper maché to make a mask based on ‘Mardi Gras’ this will give them the opportunity to explore cultures from around the world.

Year 7 Themes William Morris Islamic Art Nature Pattern William Morris Islamic Art Wall paper Buildings, Local Buildings. Local Landmarks Pop Culture 50’s & 60’s Portraits
Key Concepts The basics – Still life The basics – Colour wheel Aboriginal art Aboriginal art Identity – Belongings Identity Self-Portrait/Portraiture
Year 8 Themes Line, Tone, Shape, Geometric forms. Colour theory, monochromatic colours, Reptiles, Boomerang, Abstract design Group painting of Aboriginal Art Family, Political, Ethnic, gender identity Self –portrait and portraits
Key Concepts Pattern in Nature-Observation Pattern in Nature -Printmaking Perspective Where do you think you live? Pop Art- Logo Design Pop Art – Portraits
Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2

What will learners be required to do in class and at home?
All learners are provided with a sketch book and a plastic folder to keep their sketch book and any research work or cut outs from magazines. The folder is kept at school but learners are allowed to take the sketch book home when homework is given. In class they are expected to do the tasks set which involves drawing, colouring in and painting. In addition, all learners will be given homework to develop key skills and knowledge; please encourage your daughter to read around the subject.  We expect each homework to take about 1 hour or more to complete to the best of their ability and ready to submit on time on the due date.  Students may use the internet for research such as when they do title page and research about an artist, but please do not allow them to ‘Copy + Paste’ from the web.

Useful resources:

Visits to galleries such as William Morris and National Gallery will inspire and fuel their creativity. Websites such as the following are very helpful:-
http://kids.tate.org.uk/
http://www.nga.gov/kids/kids.htm

Who you should see if you have any questions:
Please contact Ms Dauhoo if you have any queries by either writing a note in your daughter’s planner or leaving a message at reception.

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