Homework Overview

Due to the nature of the subjects in the department, homework set may often require the use of a computer at home. To support with this, there is access to computers for pupils at lunch times (in the LRC) and certain days after school by prior arrangement with staff if students do not have access to a computer at home. We do encourage computer use at home and work is enhanced for those that have the opportunity to do this.

Key Stage 4

Students will be set homework every week, usually through Microsoft Teams. In computer science, students should be developing their programming skills to go alongside the work set in lessons. There are opportunities to do this using other languages through the Codeacademy platform. Y11 Computer Science will have all homework set on GCSE Pod.

Y11 Computer Science First Term Homework Plan

Term 1
GCSE POD HWK TOPICS
W/C 1st September
Sequences, selection and iteration
Data Types
Arithmetic and Logic Operations

W/C 7th September
Denary to Binary
Binary to Denary
Adding Binary
Binary Shifts

W/C 14th September
Denary & Hexadecimal
Representing Characters

W/C 21st September
Representing Images
Pseudocode
Flow Diagrams

W/C 28th September
Data Compression
W/C 5th October
Logic Diagrams and Operations
W/C 12th October
Truth tables
Data validation

W/C 19th October
Testing
Compiling and Interpreting


Key Stage 5

The courses offered in Key Stage 5 are heavily dependent on building portfolios. Therefore, for every hour spent in lessons, students are expected to spend a further hour in self-supported study. In Computer Science, the final year brings with it the demands of the final year Project. This is a coding challenge in which students develop a program for an external client. Students are expected to spend their private study time given by the college, working on their projects.

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