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Newstead Wood School

Year 9 Computing

Guidance for parents

What are students studying in Computing this year?

In Year 9 students will cover a very wide variety of topics to do with Computing, including an introduction to app development, computer systems, the Internet & programming in a textual language, Python.

What are the major assessments this year?

Students are assessed on each topic building to a major assessment at the end of each term, which incorporates all the topics covered that term. In the Year 9 summer exam students will sit a written paper covering all topics and have a practical assessment in class.

What will the current performance grade be based on?

The current performance grades are based on all the work completed this year by students, including classwork and homework as well as the end of term assessments.

What should my daughter do if she feels she is struggling in the subject?

In the first instance, she should speak to her subject teacher. She should try to identify specific areas of the subject which she is finding a challenge so that we can offer targeted support. The school offer specialised support for students who have English as an additional language or who have specific needs like dyslexia or ASD.

How can I support my daughter in Year 9?

The best way to provide general support to Year 9 students is by talking to them about their work in the subject and how things are going. It’s also worth talking to your daughter about how you use IT in your everyday life, be it your smartphone, surfing the web or at work.

What kind of independent work should my daughter be completing?

Students are given regular independent homework to complete and this should be recorded in your daughter's planner. In addition, your daughter can use the software or programming languages used in class to create her own work, e.g. develop an app.

Who can I contact for further advice and information?

Please feel free to contact the head of Computing, Mr McCarten, via email at pmccarten@newsteadwood.bromley.sch.uk with as much detailed information as possible.