Technology plays a key role in the lives of each and every one of us, in school, at home, or with friends.
In the Computer Science Department, we seek to engage with students, helping them to gain an understanding of the wide role that technology plays, and how they can access that technology safely. Computer Science also offers students the chance to develop transferrable skills such as problem-solving, logical thinking and teamwork, that can be used across the wider curriculum.
Coding is today’s language of creativity. All our children deserve a chance to become creators instead of consumers of computer science
We are excited by the numerous opportunities that are available to students and, throughout their time at St Columba’s, they are encouraged to make use of our recently refurbished and improved facilities to refine their skills and try out different computers and devices. We support students’ creativity and development through a diverse set of extra-curricular activities, such as the weekly Programming Club, and have recently begun entering a team into national and international challenges and competitions.
Computing & IT: Prep
By the end of Reception, children will have learned the basics of typing, painted pictures using touchscreens, used C&IT to improve their English and Maths skills, created music, and used webcams to create stories.
By the end of Prep 1, children will have improved on their typing skills, learned the basics of Coding, had training in Bee Bots as well created posters based on ‘Themselves’ (link with Social Studies), painted different scenes, and created their own stories.
By the end of Prep 2, children will have created many different types of documents, built on their Coding, developed their Bee Bot skills as well as created posters on ‘Around the World’ (link with Social Studies), used paints to create pictures, and learned basics of blogging and emailing.
By the end of Prep 3, children will have created many different types of documents, continued to improve their Coding skills, created printable 3D designs, made leaflets and newspapers based on ‘Weather’ (link with Social Studies), produced a simple game, and written book and game reviews.
By the end of Prep 4, children will have continued to improve their Coding skills, as well as creating a more in-depth game, learned about Saving Energy, created a book on ‘Footprints’ (link with Social Studies), written film reviews, and learned the basics of stop animation.
By the end of Prep 5, children will have improved their Coding Skills, created a News Report using video and audio, improved their knowledge of E-Safety, created PowerPoints on ‘Coasts’ (link with Social Studies), learned the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel, and created a Stop Animation movie (link with ADT).
By the end of Prep 6, children will have continued to improve their Coding skills, used video editing to create a Christmas advert, learned the basics of Padlet for ‘Rivers’ (link with Social Studies), mixed a piece of music (link with Music), created a games cover, and built on their Creativity.
What are the unique selling points of studying this subject at St Columba’s College?
A journey that provides opportunities for the children to develop their IT skills.
How are the students assessed?
How can parents/guardians support their child’s learning?
Use subscriptions to enhance their child’s learning