Computing prepares our girls to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly transformed by access to varied and developing technology.
At QCPS we recognise computing skills are an important tool in both the society we live in and in the process of teaching and learning. Girls learn to use computing tools to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information responsibly, creatively and with discrimination. They learn how to employ IT resources to enable rapid access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of sources.
Our Computing syllabus is broken down into half termly topics with the teaching of internet safety taught throughout the year. All girls sign an Internet Safety Agreement each academic year and Internet Safety Day is celebrated with additional activities in February.
Each class is allocated specific subject time to complete computing studies which will accomplish activities and objectives in the Computing syllabus. Our syllabus is well integrated to ensure that the delivery of Computing is linked to curriculum subjects and additionally takes on board the requirements of other national curriculum subjects.
In Reception, we give the girls a broad, play-based experience of IT in a range of contexts, including outdoor play. IT is not just about computers! The learning environment features IT scenarios based on experience in the real world, such as in role play. The purpose is to gain confidence, control and language skills through opportunities to ‘paint’ on the whiteboard or drive a remote-controlled toy. Outdoor exploration is an important aspect, supported by IT toys such as walkie-talkie sets. Recording devices can support children to develop their communication skills.
In the Pre-Prep, the girls begin to explore algorithms, sequences and variables, and develop skills like problem-solving, logical reasoning and debugging. As an early introduction into coding the girls use Beebots and the first few units from Discovery Education Coding to demonstrate their creativity and understanding of coding concepts. In addition, the girls develop a range of IT skills including typing, photo editing, animation and data presenting skills.
In the Prep, the girls continue exploring algorithms, sequences and variables, and develop skills like problem-solving, logical reasoning and debugging, but at a much more sophisticated level. The girls continue to use Discovery Education Coding units of work and supplement this by learning to code with Scatch and Python. An even wider range of IT skills are further developed through units of work including green screening, emailing, publishing, presenting, researching, blogging and designing websites.
At QCPS we enjoy wonderful IT facilities and equipment, including iPads and an IT suite. Digital projectors and interactive whiteboards are located in all classrooms and are used as a teaching resource across the curriculum.
Planning is differentiated to meet the range of needs in any class including those girls who may need extra support, those who are in line with average expectations and those working above average expectations for girls of their age. A wide range of styles are employed to ensure all girls are sufficiently challenged. This may include working individually, in pairs or in small groups according to the nature or activity of the task.
Head of Digital Learning