Computing Key Stage 3 Involving Letter

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Week Commencing 13th June 2016

Most year 7 students will be creating a sprite and background for the game they planned to make during last week’s lesson. Those students who are artistically talented and finish the graphics work quickly will start to produce the first few scripts of coding for the game using the Algorithms mentioned in the previous lesson.

At home:

A simple piece of coding is produced using an ‘Algorithm’ which is a set of clear instructions explaining a process. Your child should be able to explain these instructions for each character in their game – why not practise this task by getting them to break down everyday tasks into a set of instructions such as making a cup of tea – then ask them to carry the task out….would they be successful?

Technology News:

Some year 7 students have been asking about the micro:bit which was released by the BBC for all year 7 students. The micro:bit arrived at school last term but due to the rotating timetable this year and the fact only half of year 7 students study Computing at any one time, we have decided to keep hold of the micro:bits until September. All current year 7 students will receive one hour of computing per week for the whole year in September, this will allow us to introduce the micro:bit to all students at the same time. September poses to be an exciting term and hopefully an interest in coding will be fuelled with the use of the micro:bit which can also be brought home and kept by all students once we have finished using it at school. For further information on this device please look at https://www.microbit.co.uk/#makes .

Technology Careers:

Computer Programmer: Average Salary: £29,796 (up to £49,000 dependent on location)

Duties of Computer Programmers

Computer programmers typically do the following:

  • Write programs in a variety of computer languages, such as C++ and Java
  • Update and expand existing programs
  • Test programs for errors and fix the faulty lines of computer code responsible
  • Create and test code in an integrated development environment (IDE)
  • Use code libraries, which are collections of independent lines of code, to simplify the writing