S2 Computing

Course Overview

Our S2 course follows the Experiences and Outcomes outlined in A Curriculum for Excellence.  

Methodology

Teacher-led discussion, cooperative group work and formative assessment strategies are used to give pupils the opportunity to demonstrate and improve their knowledge, practical skills and skills for learning, life and work.

Assessment

The first unit - Games Programming - is not formally assessed.  Since it's their first experience of Computing Science, pupils carry out a series of practical tasks, creating maze-type games.  Pupils undertake a written test* at the end of the second unit - Understanding Technology. The third unit - The Green Machine - is assessed via an oral presentation. They then undertake a practical project as part of their fourth unit - Website Development & HTML.  This unit also features a written test.  Both written tests assesses knowledge and understanding as well as problem solving skills. The final unit - Computer Animation - consists of mini-projects which are assessed by their peers.

Homework

Homework is set to prepare pupils for the written assessments. The occasional homework assignment will require pupils to carry out research in their own time.  See the resources section for copies of homework and revision materials.

Recording and Reporting

The written tests and practical project results form the basis for the comments in the pupil report issued to parents in February. These results are also used to inform decisions about likely progression in S4, when pupils who choose to remain in the Computing Department will study Computing Science at either National 4 or National 5 Levels.

* Pupils may have the opportunity to use Read Write and complete the tests on-line if it is deemed appropriate.

Miss Breen

 Week beginning 28th November

TEST - 'Understanding the Technology'

Week beginning 21st November

Complete 'S2 Test Preparation' sheet.  Additional copy found here.

 

Mrs Summers

Mon 21st November

TEST - 'Understanding the Technology'

Mon 7th November

Complete 'S2 Test Preparation' sheet.  Additional copy found here.

Resources

Unit 1 - Games Programming

Download: SCRATCH 

Unit 2 - Understanding Technology

Follow the links for additional copies of the pupil booklet and revision sheet

Unit 3 - The Green Machine

Try visiting the Cyber Academy to find out a little more about the impact that our use of computers has on the environment.  It also contains lots of useful tips on cybersecurity so that you can have a safe and responsible on-line presence. 

Unit 4 - Website Development & HTML

A simple text editor is all that is required to get started with your exploration of HTML.  Your teacher will provide you with details of more advanced editors at the start of the unit. 

Unit 5 - Animation

Both animation packages are available for home use.  Click on the links if you wish to explore the features prior to the start of the unit.

Download: PIVOT

Download: SCRATCH