Computer Science in the Junior School

Computer Science in the Junior School

Challenges inside and outside lessons

Plenty of exciting activities have taken part in Computer Science recently in the Junior School - with more events on the horizon!

All of our pupils took part in the BEBRAS computational thinking challenge back in November. Whilst it is purely for fun, in Upper Two, it has a competitive element with the highest scorers qualifying for the next round – The Oxford Computing Challenge.

Upper Two pupils Henry Batty and Freya Kotting did exceptionally well in doing so and we are pleased to report that not only did they perform well in the second round, but they achieved distinctions and were the highest scorers in their age group in our school which included a number of pupils from the Third Form. Both pupils were extremely conscientious and spent a great deal of time outside of school going through past challenges.

Computer Science is a time to learn and develop a range of exciting skills. Form One are currently using Top Trumps cards to create databases. Upper One pupils are looking forward to visiting the Senior School to see their CAD designed keyrings come to life on the laser cutter after half term. Lower Two pupils have been enjoying programming animations on Scratch, based on their work in English on The Lady of Shalott. All Upper Two pupils created digital art using the free software, Magica Voxel, to enter into the BAFTA Young Game Designer competition and are now creating choose your own adventure stories.

We are always keen to hear how our pupils are using their skills in STEM projects outside of school. This year, we have seen Upper Two pupils Todd Rook film a giant marble run in his garden, Upper One pupil Danny Rowe has brought in some of his Lego creations and Upper Two pupil Theo Ibrahim is a keen amateur engineer. Theo has recently been printing some of his designs on his 3D printer at home and we have been pleased to see his progress when he has shared his prints with us.