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27/03/20

Look at this amazing collage produced onto perspex by one of our students in school this week! https://t.co/Tw8mbvKcx9

27/03/20

Science home learning – A task involved making a model of the Earth’s structure from plasticine. https://t.co/nw4EvJUioC

26/03/20

Look at this amazing Hospitality & Catering home learning. Well done - someone's family are in for a treat this evening! https://t.co/vQw189m22D

17/03/20

Money raised for Sport Relief totals £991.31 – Well done everybody and thankyou! https://t.co/USEAlVXQfG

17/03/20

The art department is celebrating the brilliant Frank Stella inspired sculptures from our Year 7 students. https://t.co/wGl7eEHnfq

13/03/20

Look at the amazing work of our Year 11 Masterchefs! https://t.co/6b1SHHy09j

13/03/20

Reminder: Year 9 Parents' Evening Monday 16 March at 4.30pm

13/03/20

Remember that the Art Department are collecting bottle tops to complete a project with recycled material. Please save and send in! https://t.co/e6Pu1KwPLM

12/03/20

Year 9s visited Kent University for a campus day yesterday. They had a skills based session on what they need in University and toured the site. They completed a photography workshop and took photographs of items and places they thought represented University life. https://t.co/VIM0osETVQ

12/03/20

Year 7 & 8 Netball result against RHA - Year 7 win 9-0 Year 8 win 21-0 Well done CDS girls!

11/03/20

Reminder: Year 9 Parents’ Evening Monday 16 March at 4.30pm - Ensure appointments are being made or contact the Year team - Mr Shepperson dshepperson.kent.sch.uk or Mrs Knight lknight.kent.sch.uk

11/03/20

A small mixed group of students are working on a sculptural piece relating to “places and spaces” for entry into the Turner Contemporary Portfolio Competition – entries due by end of March. https://t.co/rMnYKKoOlK

11/03/20

“Grease is the word…” Rehearsals continue for July’s musical performance. Every Thursday after school 2.50pm-4.30pm.

10/03/20

Deadline for Year 8 Options forms - Friday 13 March 2020. Please get these in on time or you run the risk of losing out on your preferred options.

10/03/20

Reminder: Year 7 & 8 Netball at CDS v RHA tomorrow, Wednesday 11 March.

10/03/20

Reminder Year 9 Parents' Evening Monday 16 March at 4.30pm. Ensure your child is making appointments and any problems contact the Year team - Mr Shepperson or Mrs Knight.

10/03/20

Tomorrow, Wednesday 11th, some of our Year 9 students visit Kent University - An opportunity to explore the campus and take part in University workshops.

09/03/20

Year 9 Kent University Workshop – Confidence in Public Speaking Students were given a character and had to prepare an argument for keeping their place on a hot air balloon, which was then presented to the rest of the class. These included Walt Disney and Donald Trump! https://t.co/4gqBeVpLHQ

09/03/20

Sport Relief – This week a “dance off” is being held daily. Students can go along at lunch time and “bust some moves” with Tik Tok for a small donation to this worthy cause. Watch this space for the total raised at the end of the fundraising! https://t.co/x3t3sLCjKw

09/03/20

Year 7 Rugby at Sandwich tomorrow, 4pm against Sandwich, King Ethelbert, RHA, Dover Christ Church

09/03/20

Year 7 & 8 Girls Netball at home against RHA on Wednesday. Girls, check the team sheets please!

06/03/20

Countdown to CDS Cultural Capital days 2nd and 3rd April: Year 7 visit Kent County Cricket ground Year 8 visit Howlett's Wildlife Park Year 9 Historians visit Leeds Castle Year 9 Geographers visit the O2 and QE Park, London Year 10 visit the Olympic Park, Stratford

06/03/20

"Grease is the Word" Countdown to Grease the musical at CDS in July. Rehearsals every Thursday 3pm-4.30pm

05/03/20

Countdown to Year 9 Parents' Evening, Monday 16th March 4.30pm. Ensure that your child is making appointments! Any problems, contact the Year team.

05/03/20

World Book Day focused on “reading is power” and “get social”. Homework is set on ShowMyHomework for Y7-9 to write a review of one of the reading texts that they have read. Closing date, last day of term. Prizes on offer! https://t.co/d8KUr5iC4Z

05/03/20

Year 10 students took part in a ‘Degree in a Day’ with CCU. They undertook a variety of activities to experience how they would study and research the psychology of video game addiction. Students then presented their work and findings to the group. https://t.co/cCgipJ5bLu

05/03/20

7 Things You should know about the teenage brain https://t.co/cTNfPfCxgn

05/03/20

Young Minds Parents Helpline is available to offer advice to parents and carers worried about a child or young person under 25 https://t.co/enUzC4N6L3 https://t.co/CDgvMBeO6P

04/03/20

CDS have a daily Mindfulness Club that runs at lunch times. Students should speak to Mrs Knight for more information.

04/03/20

Support your child with anxiety issues. https://t.co/z2W7rO9oYe

04/03/20

Need help understanding your teenager's brain? Check this out ... https://t.co/EZlawDUjZA

04/03/20

Support your child with developing strong self-esteem. https://t.co/tMOxSrnNLW

04/03/20

At CDS we have a team of Peer Mentors in Year 10 and 11 that support, and mentor, Year 7 and 8 students. https://t.co/n1w7FTwcSG

03/03/20

Rugby update: Year 7 & 8 played training games against Royal Harbour – results were very close!

03/03/20

Support with ensuring your child is safe online https://t.co/sa29vsHcTi Get tools and tips to support your child's digital wellbeing on Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp.

03/03/20

At CDS we have a Mindfulness Club that runs every lunchtime in our school safe-space

03/03/20

At CDS we have a wellbeing club every lunchtime run by the Headstart Team https://t.co/mJFrMttcp2

03/03/20

As a ‘Headstart’ school we have access to some great support resources for parents – check out the Kent Resilience Hub to support your child’s wellbeing https://t.co/1ILUMsR6z1

02/03/20

International Women’s Week – CDS are hosting assemblies raising awareness.

02/03/20

Upcoming Sport fixtures: 3 March – Year 7 Rugby at Dane Court 11 March – Year 8 & 9 Netball against RHA (home game)

Computer Science

Exam Board:  OCR
Exact Course Title: GCSE COMPUTER SCIENCE

Why should I choose to study Computer Science?


Our aim is to deliver a rounded computing curriculum, raising attainment and to build a culture of achievement within the department.  If you enjoy exploring and you like trying things, the computing course is for you.  You will need to be good in Mathematics and enjoy finding things out in order to be successful in computing.  We will enable you to become lifelong, enterprising, independent learners, able to take risks and assume responsibility confidently. The following is a list of top ten reasons to study computer science:


1. Computing is part of everything we do!
2. Expertise in computing enables you to solve complex, challenging problems. 
3. Computing enables you to make a positive difference in the world.  
4. Computing offers many types of lucrative careers. 
5. Computing jobs are here to stay, regardless of where you are located.  Expertise in computing helps even if your primary career is something else. 
6. Computing offers great opportunities for true creativity and innovativeness
7. Computing has space for both collaborative work and individual effort.  Computing is an essential part of well-rounded academic preparation. 
8. Future opportunities in computing are without boundaries. 

What will I learn?


The WJEC GCSE in Computer Science encourages learners to:

Understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including; abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms, and data representation;

Analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including designing, writing and debugging programs to do so;

Think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically;

Understand the components that make up digital systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems;

Understand the impacts of digital technology to the individual and to wider society;

Apply mathematical skills relevant to computer science.

Computers are widely used in all aspects of business, industry, government, education, leisure and the home. In this technological age, a study of computer science, and particularly how computers are used in the solution of a variety of problems, is essential to learners.

What will be expected of me?


The study of computer science will enable students to develop a broad range of skills in the areas of programming, system development, computer architecture, data, communication and applications.

Computer science integrates well with subjects across the curriculum. It demands both logical discipline and imaginative creativity in the selection and design of algorithms and the writing, testing and debugging of programs; it relies on an understanding of the rules of language at a fundamental level; it encourages an awareness of the management and organisation of computer systems; it extends learners’ horizons beyond the school or college environment in the appreciation of the effects of computer science on society and individuals.

What skills will I develop?


You will develop the ability to apply “Computational thinking” and foster the skills and knowledge required for further study. This will include applying mathematical logic to create different computer programmes. The skills will prepare students for real world computer challenges.


How will I be assessed?


The subject content for GCSE Computer Science will be assessed across three units. Whist there is a degree of overlap between the content in Unit 1 and Unit 2, the context in which this content is assessed differs. In Unit 1, content is assessed in a theoretical way, whereas in Unit 2 it is assessed through its use within programs and algorithms.

Unit 1: Understanding Computer Science
Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes
50% of the qualification
100 marks
Unit 2: Computational Thinking and Programming
On-screen examination: 2 hours
30% of the qualification
60 marks
Unit 3: Software Development
Non-exam assessment: 20 hours
20% of qualification
80 marks

Where will this qualification lead me? 


It’s no exaggeration to say the world runs on computers. They are everywhere: in homes, schools and offices but not just in the way you think. They are also embedded in all sorts of machines. Computers control airplanes, chemical plants, send rockets to space, control the central heating and make sure your Mum’s car runs efficiently. As new things are developed, the world needs more and more people to research new ways of using computers to do the things they want.

GCSE Computer Science (Computing) is a great foundation for going on to do Computing at A level. And Computing at A level is a great foundation for going on to study Computer Science at University. And that can open up a lot of possibilities!
 
But you don’t have to want to go on to be a computer scientist to do this course – you might just be curious about learning a bit more. That’s why we are offering it. The skills you learn will be of enormous benefit in lots of your other subjects. Nicholas Negroponte – a famous man whose ‘One Laptop per Child’ project is trying to get computers to children in the developing world once said, “Computer programming is a powerful tool for children to ‘learn learning,’ that is, to learn the skills of thinking and problem-solving... Children who engage in programming transfer that kind of learning to other things.”