Computing / IT and Business


Computing, IT and Business Department Staff

Mr G Dorman - Head of Department and Teacher of Computer Science and IT (iMedia)
Miss A Hart - Teacher of Business Studies and KS3 Computing
Mrs E Nelson - Teacher of KS3 Computing
Mr Q Mahmood - Teacher of KS3 Computing (part time)

Computing, IT and Business Department Vision:

The computing department at Siddal Moor is focused on providing all it’s students with a set of skills and knowledge required for them to be successful in this digital multimedia age.  We are constantly reviewing and adapting our materials to keep up with the pace of the ever changing word of computing and digital mobile devices.  We help students to develop skills and tools which they can transfer throughout their educational and working lives.

From the first lesson in Year 7 it is our aim to equip the students at Siddal Moor with the skills and knowledge in Computer Science, Digital Literacy and Information Technology, necessary to be able to use computer devices as a tool for learning both in and out of school.

All students in Computing lessons are taught in dedicated multimedia classroom and have access to their own computer, along with their own user name and password to log on to resources across the school. In addition to this every learner in school will have a school email and Google account set up which will be used to submit work for marking as well as receive individualised feedback and guidance from their teachers.

Additional Support:

All learning is differentiated and lunch time and Period 6 are made available for students to complete homework or catchup on missed lessons or coursework. Additional GCSE Revision classes will be run at appropriate times around the exam windows.

Further Information:

To find out more about the curriculum Siddal Moor delivers, please contact the school and ask to speak to the Assistant Headteacher - Curriculum.

Key Stage 3 Computing Curriculum Overview:

Key Stage 3 Computing is taught in Years 7 to 9 with each year having the equivalent of two 60 minute lesson per fortnight in year 7 and three in years 8 and 9. The year is broken down into units of work with each lasting approximately 6 weeks following the half termly pattern.

The scheme of work covers skills, knowledge and practice in the areas of Computer Science, Information Technology, Digital Literacy and Business Studies. 

Expected prior learning 
Pupils should be able to manage files and folders and also be familiar with using email and online systems to receive and submit files required for the lessons.

New Developments
The use of Google Classroom for delivery of lesson materials has also been introduced during the current year so that pupils can access shared resources and organise their works so that it can be accessed on a range of devices. Their work automatically synchronises with the teacher and allows feedback and response to be easily tagged into the work sheets.

Language for learning 
Key vocabulary used within the scheme of work can be found within each unit.

Key Stage 3 outline plan for the year


Autumn - Year 7

Baseline Test
1 Using Computers Safely (DL-IT)
2 Basic IT skills Understanding Computers (DL-CS)

Spring - Year 7

3 Presenting Information - DTP (IT)
4 Presenting Information - PP (IT)

Summer - Year 7

5 Algorithms Scratch (CS)
6 Creating Graphics (IT)

Autumn - Year 8

7 Spreadsheets - Information Handling (IT)
8 Algorithms - Flowol (CS)

Spring - Year 8

9 Cyber - Crime (DL-CS)
10 Databases (IT)

Summer - Year 8

11 Graphics and web design (IT)
12 Web Design site creation (IT-CS-DL)

Autumn - Year 9

13 Computer Hardware & Networks (CS)
14 Python (CS)

Spring - Year 9

15 Computer Graphics (IT)
16 Marketing / Hypothesis 
    Information Handling (IT-BS-DL)

Summer - Year 9

17 Sound editing (IT-BS)
18 Video Editing (IT-BS)


Key Stage 4 Computer Science Examination Courses

Subject Title:Board:Subject Code:Qualification:Course DetailsCourse Specification
Computer ScienceOCRJ276GCSE (9-1)Link to Course DetailsLink to Course Specification


Key Stage 4 (Year 10 and 11) Computer Science Curriculum Overview


Autumn - Year 10

Comp 01
Systems architecture
Virtual Memory
Flash Memory
Secondary storage
Systems software
Review of CPU and storage
Operating Systems


Comp 02
Algorithms using flow diagrams
Data types
Common arithmetic operators
Basic string manipulation
Boolean operators
Selecting and using test data
One dimensional arrays

Comp 03
Program analysis
Program design and development
Program development to include validation
Program testing

Spring - Year 10

Comp 01
Types of networks
Network hardware
IP and MAC addressing protocol
Review of systems and operating software
Review of network hardware and topology
Factors affecting performance of networks
The Internet
Virtual Networks

Comp 02
Logic Diagrams and truth tables
Combining Boolean operators to two levels
Units of storage
Converting between number systems
Representing characters using binary
Character sets
ASCII and Unicode



Comp 03
Program analysis, design, development and testing using an extended task

Summer - Year 10

Comp 01
Review of networks
Packet switching




Comp 02
Basic file handling
Binary shifts
Check digits
Representing images
Representing sound
Searching and sorting algorithms
Storing data using records
Use of SQL to search for data



Comp 03
Programming task using a sample NEA


Autumn - Year 11

Comp 01
Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental impact
Review of systems architecture and storage
Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental impact
Revision of unit 1 for CEE exams

Comp 02
Translators and language Programming skills audit and follow up
Review of programming techniques following on from skills audit
Producing robust programs through testing
Revision of algorithms

Comp 03
Sample NEA including  write up / Short programming task and write up

Spring - Year 11

Comp 01
Revision of System Architecture, memory, storage, networks
Revision of system security and systems software
Answering QWA questions

Comp 02
Revision of pseudocode
Revision of algorithms, logic diagrams



Comp 03
NEA sample task
Live NEA analysis
NEA - 20 hours split over 10 weeks

Summer - Year 11

Comp 01
Revision of unit 1 and 2 for exams


Comp 02
Revision of unit 1 and 2 for exams


Key Stage 4 Business Examination Courses

Subject Title:Board:Subject Code:Qualification:Course DetailsCourse Specification
BusinessPearson Edexcel1BSOGCSE (9-1)Link to Course DetailsLink to Course Specification


Key Stage 4 (Year 10 and 11) Business Curriculum Overview


Autumn - Year 10

Autumn Term 1
Business Enterprise 
Business Planning
Revenue, costs, Profit & Loss (part 1)
Business Ownership
Business Aims & Objectives

Autumn Term 2
Business growth
Marketing: Research & Segmentation 
(Leading to ST1)

Spring - Year 10

Spring Term 1
Marketing Mix
Human Resources (leading to ST2) 

Spring Term 2
Organisational Structures
Communications in business
Recruitment & Selection

Summer - Year 10

Summer Term 1
Motivation & Retention
Training & Development
Employment Laws

Summer Term 2
Goods & Services



Autumn - Year 11

Autumn Term 1
Sales: processes & Customer Services
Consumer Law
Business location

Autumn Term 2
Sources of finance
Revenue, costs, Profit & Loss (part 2)

Spring - Year 11

Spring Term 1
Cash & Cash flow
Ethics & Environmental considerations

Spring Term 2
Economic Climate


Summer - Year 11

Summer Term 1 and 2
The interdependent nature of business