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Year 8 Learning

Year 8 students are re-introduced to the school systems in addition to E-Safety with an emphasis on social networking. Moving on to the Internet and Networks, students begin to understand how the internet works and how it differs from the World Wide Web (WWW). There is an investigation into the use of binary to communicate with a computer, including the presentation of images and how sound is played.

Students get the opportunity to create a Webpage, with simple understanding of HTML and CSS, learning how to adapt a page using TAGs and CAGs. The year finishes with the students creating a Digital Presentation on a given subject using PowerPoint.



Key content


E-Saftey, Using computers and the internet, My Digital World

  • What to trust online
  • Search Engines
  • Copyright
  • On Line dangers
  • Cyber abuse


Internet and Networks

  • Networks - advantages
  • The differences between the internet and the WWW.
  • URL and Domain Names
  • Networks – The limits and advantages of communication
  • Protocols
  • Network security



How data is represented in computers: Binary


  • Binary what is it – conversion
  • Adding binary numbers
  • ASCII Characters and Code
  • Images and Cryptic pictures
  • How is sound played on a computer


HTML – CSS Web Page development

  • HTML and CSS
  • CSS Backgrounds and images
  • DIV tags, page sections and CSS
  • CSS Layouts
  • Full webpage creation and assessment



Hardware and Software


  • Role of the operating system
  • Software
  • Digital footprint
  • Appropriate software use
  • Data Collection and Analysis

Digital presentation


  • What is a Digital presentation
  • What is a master slide?
  • How to create a digital presentation
  • Creating a digital presentation to a set scenario (use of technology)
  • Evaluation and improvement