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12/04/19

Retweeted From de Stafford DofE

Well done to ⁦⁩ students at the DofE training day today, lots achieved learning campcraft in preparation for the expeditions! 👨🏼‍🍳⛺️ https://t.co/jaCyTYLTob

09/04/19

Retweeted From de Stafford DofE

Following the success of the practice day walk at Newlands Corner we are looking forward to seeing ⁦⁩ students develop their campcraft skills at the training day this Friday 12th April (9:00-12:00)! Please check SMHW for details ⛺️ 👨🏼‍🍳 https://t.co/QyHGsWEwDz

07/04/19

The Naples trip has just landed, however we will need to collect our baggage as it was put in hold! ✈️🧳

07/04/19

Boarding and all on time at this point! A fantastic few days in Naples, Sorrento and Capri and the students have been absolutely amazing throughout! ✈️ https://t.co/PHwyhFhcoq

07/04/19

Taking in the views on our last morning in Sorrento! ☀️🌋 📸 https://t.co/1vhaB5BX90

06/04/19

A lovely afternoon learning what you can do with a lemon! Thank you I Giardini di Cataldo for allowing us to taste some amazing drinks, cakes and jams 😋 https://t.co/fnPBiSRyzH

06/04/19

Team photo before exploring Capri! https://t.co/BNnttW2M8c

06/04/19

Setting off on a boat trip around Capri to see the coastal geography! 🛥☀️ https://t.co/AHpQm0IYqZ

05/04/19

Mr Starke doing his thing at the top of Vesuvius 🌋 https://t.co/1GfgEF6qi9

05/04/19

A reminder to parents/carers that the school will close at 1:40pm today and students return on Tuesday 23 April (week 2 timetable). Read all about this half term in our latest newsletter here: https://t.co/dfq5fAfUdO. We would like to wish you all a very Happy Easter! https://t.co/SD03Ftnppy

05/04/19

The sun is out as we start the climb up Vesuvius 🌋 https://t.co/q6tBbOcAaV

04/04/19

A fantastic first day on the Naples trip, an underground tour and an insight into Roman life in Herculaneum where the eruption preserved the town 🌋 https://t.co/8pQK3kVhsd

04/04/19

The sun is starting to come out as the students take a tour of Herculaneum where just 1/5 of the city has been excavated https://t.co/APVGlk8E2a

04/04/19

Congratulations to Odin Jeffrey-Dyer, Lucy Vella and Katie Conway, our award winners in the Prix de la Paix essay writing competition. They can be seen here receiving their prizes from Rotary Club members Geraint Jenkins and Dr. David Beckitt. https://t.co/llPLCkOrzV

04/04/19

We are on our way! ✈️ A slight delay but all in good spirits and ready to go! https://t.co/BkKcZG2Gm2

03/04/19

Retweeted From Dayspace

Another fab assembly school. Thanks to yr 9/10 for listening & helping us to create a more inclusive community. Remember "It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognise, accept and celebrate those differences" https://t.co/oBFIEaeTke

03/04/19

Year 11: Don't forget to book your ticket to the Prom! Payment can be made online or via the Finance Office https://t.co/V8EXzXEuxX https://t.co/724SUllsGa

02/04/19

Well done to the Year 7 students who attended the Science Fair yesterday. You were excellent ambassadors for and presented some brilliant projects. https://t.co/YmfL3vFRa2

Computer Science

Head of Department: Brian Larkin
email: brian.larkin@destafford.org.uk

The Computer Science department allows students to study Computer Science to GCSE level. The Computer Science GCSE provides excellent progression to 'A' level Computer Science, vocational courses and on to degree level courses in the areas of Computing, Engineering and Science. It will give you a solid grounding to study any industry standard IT. The course provides the knowledge, skills and understanding that a growing number of employers are demanding. We have a three year Key Stage 4 curriculum, details of which are included below:

Year 9

The purpose of Year 9 is to explore the key concepts involved in programming and computational thinking. You will start by developing a good knowledge of the python programming language and the key concepts that underpin it. In parallel you will be exploring the fundamental mathematical and theoretical concepts that make computing and computers possible.  Throughout the year you will practice applying both the theoretical and practical skills you have learnt to solving increasingly difficult computing problems.

During this year it will be possible for you to support your computer science classwork and broader academic progress by taking part in the Duke of York’s iDEA (inspiring Digital Enterprise Award) as an extra-curricular activity. As a result of taking part in this activity in addition to developing valuable skills you may on the successful completion of a number of tasks gain Bronze and Silver awards.

Year 10

Year 10 is focused on strengthening and broadening the programming and computational thinking skills developed in year 9. You will be responsible for designing and developing your own algorithms and programs with the aim of producing robust, efficient and elegant solutions to real world programming problems.

A good knowledge of multiple programming languages, protocols and interfaces will be developed. Task may include game design in Kodu; GUI (graphical user interface) development in python; advanced programming in Scratch; advanced game design in Python; making networked programs in Python; web development with JavaScript, HTML, and CSS; and App development with Google’s AppInventor.

During this year in addition to continuing with the Duke of York iDEA it will be possible for students who have developed their skills sufficiently to take part in Her Majesty’s Government’s Cyber Schools programme as an extra-curricular activity. This is a unique programme designed to introduce you to the field of cyber security and highlight the potential job roles available and the pathways to achieving the jobs within them.

Year 11

Year 11 will see you utilise the programing skills and knowledge that you have acquired to complete a number of different programming problems. This will lead up to the completion of your Controlled Assessment task.

Your Controlled Assessment task will take approximately 20 hours to complete and during this time you will be required to:

  • Analyse the requirements of a user
  • Design a programming solution
  • Create the program that you have designed
  • Test the solution for any bugs and other errors

Following the completion of this task, the rest of the year will be spent on exam technique.