Durham Johnston Comprehensive School

Dare to be wise

Subject Overview

“The number one benefit of information technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do. It lets people be creative. It lets people be productive. It lets people learn things they didn't think they could learn before, and so in a sense it is all about potential”.

Steve Ballmer

Information Technology is a progressive, supportive subject which aims to provide students with the skills required to interact with the modern world.

Each student will have discrete access to a PC every lesson as well as their own personal space on our network.  Students are also provided with internet access (filtered and monitored) and an e-mail account subject to signing an Acceptable Usage Policy (AUP).


KS3 Computing at Durham Johnston School

Throughout KS3 students will follow 3 distinct stands:

Students will undertake projects in each to help develop their knowledge, skills and understanding. Students will be expected to solve problems using their prior skills and knowledge evidencing their progression.

Download the KS3 Curriculum Map

In Year 7 students will study:

  • Problem Solving
  • Word Processing & Desk Top Publishing Skills
  • E-Safety
  • Computing with: The BBC micro:bit, Logo & Control Insight
  • Internet & Email
  • Digital Imagery
  • Web Design

In year 8 students will study:

  • Computing with: The BBC micro:bit & Flowal (algorithms)
  • Modelling & Financial Modelling
  • Sound Editing
  • Video Creation & Editing
  • E-Safety – cyberbullying, sexting, privacy and reporting
  • Scratch – games design

In Year 9 students will study:

  • Computing with a textual language - Python
  • Produce a Media Solution to a set problem
  • Images, Sound & Video manipulation & editing
  • Databases, Interrogate, search, validate, present.
  • Research & presenting skills
  • HTML & CSS
  • Modelling
  • Problem Solving & teamwork

Students will be assessed on their K, S & U throughout the year. They will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the software, the task and the appropriate application of skills.