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Secondary Science and Technology News

Science & Technology News

Engaging with Mathematics & Computing through Problem Solving

As DBIS’s pedagogical focus shifts towards enquiry, there is an increasing need for our students to become more adept with problem solving. It is widely regarded that problem solving is a necessary transferrable skill that all learners should engage with at school. With this in mind the Mathematics & Computing faculty are increasing their focus on problem solving within the classroom

GCSE Computer Science Programming Examination (Year 11)

Year 11 students have begun their GCSE Computer Science examinations this week. This is a rigorous programming assessment in which all thirteen students will undertake a 15-hour assessment under controlled conditions. The assessment will specifically test their problem solving and computational thinking skills. All students will design, create, test and evaluate computational solutions using the Python programming language. In order to enhance students’ understanding of this text-based language at DBIS, Python programming has now been introduced across the key stage 3 curriculum.

 

DBIS Hosts Professor Peter Sullivan (Years 7 & 8)

In order to facilitate our shift towards enquiry methods and problem solving, DBIS will host Professor Peter Sullivan from Monash University, Melbourne in February. During Peter’s visit, both staff and students will have the opportunity to work closely with him in order to further develop problem solving approaches in Mathematics. This will present a superb opportunity to engage with a highly regarded practitioner and allow our Mathematics & Computing faculty further develop their practice. Dialogue with Professor Sullivan will be used to inform planning for both key stages 3 and 4.

 

Text-based Programming through Python and Basic (Year 7)

In a further drive to increase students’ ability to problem solve and think computationally, two additional text-based programming languages have been introduced to the year 7 Computer Science curriculum this year. Students have been working with the Basic programming language in order to manipulate LEDs on circuits. This allows students to explore computing from both a hardware and software perspective and makes for a very engaging classroom environment. In addition to learning the Basic programming language our year 7 students have also been exposed to Python programming for the first time. Although Python is a text-based language, year 7 students initially experience Python through a Drag and Drop interface. This eliminates much of the early frustration experienced when learning a new programming language.

 

David LaCumber

Mathematics & Computing Faculty Leader



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