Synergy Multi-Academy Trust is made up of schools, both secondary and primary, from north Norfolk. The Trust was initially established by Reepham High School and College in 2015. Our vision is simple; for all of our schools to work together to provide teaching and learning of the highest quality and for all of them to provide an exceptional range of educational experiences and opportunities.
Welcome to the Computer Science Department!
Computer Science is an essential part of life and is now integrated into many parts of our daily activities. The Computer Science curriculum provides students with the knowledge of how a computer works both in terms of hardware and software and programming. Computer science sits at the boundary between science and mathematics, it is deeply rooted in logic and the very development of computers was and remains, in principle, a very scientific process.
At Reepham High School and College, we try our very best to stress the importance of this subject. There is a greater demand for many, if not all industries, relying on IT systems and computer programs to support business decisions.
In our curriculum, we aim to provide a balanced curriculum of both IT skills and Computer Science content in preparation for the working environment. Pupils will understand how to abstract, decompose and recognise patterns in problems in order to develop appropriate solutions which are increasingly desirable transferable skills. Furthermore, they will be able to use software effectively to showcase the knowledge that they have learnt.
In our department, we have a strong team of enthusiastic teachers who support students and ensure they achieve the best possible grades.
- Miss E Holt – Head of Department
- Mr J Hubbard – Teacher
Key Stage Three (Years 7, 8 & 9)
Starting in September 2019, we have introduced a refreshed curriculum at KS3 to ensure all pupils develop a deeper understand of the digital world that surrounds them – Where does it come from? Who were the major innovators? How does it work?
Students in Year 7 receive two Computer Science lessons a fortnight. They are taught in their tutor groups of mixed ability and cover the following:
- 1 Online Safety and Wellbeing
- 2 Binary and Logic Gates
- 3 Computational Thinking and Programming
- 4 Hardware and Software
- 5 History of Computing
Students in Year 8 receive two Computer Science lessons a fortnight. They are taught in sets by ability (paired with Science) and cover the following:
- 1 Cyber Security
- 2 Image Representation
- 3 Searching/Sorting Algorithms and Programming
- 4 Systems Architecture
- 5 Animation
Students in Year 9 receive three Computer Science lessons a fortnight. They are taught in sets by ability (paired with Science) and cover the following:
- 1 Use of Data and Ethics
- 2 Sound Representation
- 3 Robust Programming
- 4 Embedded Systems and Emerging Technology
- 5 Programming Project
Key Stage Four (Years 10 & 11)
Currently, we offer the option of GCSE Computer Science (OCR). As an option subject, students will receive five lessons of Computer Science a fortnight. Students opting for this subject will cover the following:
Paper 1 Computer Systems
This paper covers the theory of the Computer Science course. This is broken down into eight sections:
- Systems Architecture
- Wired and Wireless Networks
- Network Topologies, Protocols and Layers
- System Security
- Systems Software
- Ethical, Legal, Cultural and Environmental Issues
Paper 2 Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming
This paper covers the practical element of the Computer Science course. This is broken down into six sections:
- Programming Techniques
- Producing Robust Programs
- Computational Logic
- Translators and Facilities of Languages
- Data Representation
In addition to the two exam papers, students will complete a programming project. They will be given a scenario and need to analyse the problem before designing and developing a working solution. Once they have created a program to solve this problem, they will need to test and evaluate the success of their project. Students are allocated 20 hours of lesson time to complete this project.
Key Stage Five (Years 12 & 13)
Currently, we offer the option of A-Level Computer Science (OCR). As an option subject, students will receive ten lessons of Computer Science a fortnight. Students opting for this subject will cover the following:
Paper 1 Computer Systems
This paper covers the theory of the Computer Science course. This is broken down into five sections:
- The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices
- Software and software development
- Exchanging data
- Data types, data structures and algorithms
- Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues
Paper 2 Algorithms and Programming
This paper covers the practical element of the Computer Science course. This is broken down into three sections:
- Elements of computational thinking
- Problem solving and programming
- Algorithms to solve problems and standard algorithms
NEA Programming Project
In addition to the two exam papers, students will complete a programming project. They will need to use a real-life scenario and analyse the problem before designing and developing a working solution. Once they have created a program to solve this problem, they will need to test and evaluate the success of their project.
Accommodation & Resources
The Computer Science department is situated downstairs in the school and consists of two teaching classrooms. Lessons for the main school are taught in CS1 and CS2 in the main building, and A-Level lessons are taught in C6 in college.
Each classroom has its own interactive whiteboard and teacher computer, with AB Tutor monitoring and demonstration software installed. The classrooms are equipped with 30 PCs for student use, and we have additional hardware/software including cameras, scanners, Photoshop and Microsoft Office installed on each computer.
Students all have access to Office 365 using their school account and can access resources on SharePoint. GCSE students are also encouraged to use Seneca Learning online to help with their revision prior to the exams.
Extra Curricular Activity and Trips
In our department, we encourage students to get involved with extra-curricular activities and trips which are regularly run. Some of the activities run are listed below:
- Coding Club (one lunchtime a week with Mr Hubbard)
- Lunchtime support sessions for GCSE and A-Level students
- Raspberry Pi and Scratch club
- BBC Micro:bit activities
- CyberGirls Competition
- E-Safety PSHE sessions delivered in tutor time
- Guest speakers
- Trips to Bletchley Park and the Computer Science Museum