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Nucleus STEM Curriculum

Students within the Nucleus Gifted STEM Stream will cover broadly the same curriculum as the rest of their year group with some notable exceptions; Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science.

The amount of curriculum time for these subjects varies, with a reduction in curriculum time for certain other subjects to allow greater access to the STEM subjects. All Nucleus students will be targeted at grade 9 in their GCSEs in the Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Science.

Nucleus students will have access to small group peripatetic Music lessons, learning to play an instrument of their choosing.  The cost of this is covered by Nucleus STEM Stream.

Nucleus STEM Computer Science Curriculum

Students in the Nucleus STEM stream will be taught Computer Science. This differs from what is perhaps classically referred to as IT or ICT since it has a focus on coding and the ability to programme.

The extra teaching students receive in Computer Science will better prepare them for studying this subject at GCSE.

Year 7 Nucleus Computer Science Topic Summary

Term 1

E-safety

Cyberbullying

Staying Safe Online

 

Hardware and Software

Fetch Decode Execute Cycle

Binary Conversion

Binary Addition

 

Term 2

Encryption

History of Bletchley Park and Alan Turing

Casear Cipher

Transposition Cipher

Term 3

Algorithms

Constructing Flowcharts

Term 4

Programming

Print Function

Term 5

Programming

Selection

Term 6

Website Design and Development

Design a Logo
Design a Website
Develop the Website

Year 8 Nucleus Computer Science Topic Summary

Term 1

E-safety

Sexting

Cyberbullying

 

Binary and Images

Binary Conversion

Hexadecimal

The Use of Binary Within Images

 

Term 2

Logic Gates

AND

NOT

OR

 

Sorting and Searching

Bubble Sort

Merge Sort

Binary Search

 

Algorithms

Flowcharts

Term 3

Programming

Selection

Term 4

Programming

Iteration

Indefinite Loops

Definite Loops

Term 5

Big Data Legislation

Data Protection

Computer Misuse Act
 

Term 6

Animation

E-Safety

Design Animation

Develop Animation

Year 9 Nucleus Computer Science Topic Summary

Term 1

E-Safety

Cyberbullying

Appropriate use of the Internet

 

Binary and Sound

Binary Conversion

Binary Addition

Use of Binary Within Sound

Term 2

Programming

Selection

Iteration

Term 3

Programming

Sort and Searching Data Within Programming

Term 4

Robotics

How Robots Work

Boolean Logic

Protocols

Term 5

Artificial Intelligence

How Can Artificial Intelligence Help Society?

How Can Artificial Intelligence Hinder Society?

Term 6

Animation

Creating an Interactive Animation on Careers within the Computing Industry

Year 10 Nucleus Computer Science Topic Summary

Term 1

Algorithms

Data Types

Binary

Hexadecimal

Unsigned Integers

Binary Addition

Two’s Complement

 

Term 2

Logical/Arithmetic Shifts

Bitmaps

Representation of Sound and Compression

Term 3

Embedded Systems

Fetch Execute Cycle

Secondary Storage

Term 4

Operating Systems

Utility Software

Term 5

High and Low Level Languages

Translators

Boolean Logic

Network Speed and Connectivity

Term 6

Topologies

Internet of Things

Packet Switching

TCP/IP

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