Practical computing

Real life applications and coding form the basis of this course, with pupils creatively interpreting aspects of their stay at PGL, such as logging and analysing data collected from an on-site activity and programming an RCX robot.

As all our computing modules are hands-on, the course is a great way to make the subject relevant and enhance your pupils' understanding by putting theory into practice.

Study modules

Animation
Your students use stop-frame and digital animation to create a short film clip featuring an imaginary character - planning, designing and creating all aspects of the character’s movements.

Data Logging and Handling
During adventure activity sessions, students collect data such as heart rate, body temperature and acceleration. They can then compare and analyse this data against suggested targets.

PGL TV
Working in small teams, pupils take a range of roles and create their own music video. They then film and edit the piece as part of a music video TV show.

Introduction to Coding
This module is designed for students with little or no knowledge of coding. They discuss coding and computer control, their uses in everyday life and learn the principles of coding. These new skills are then used to control a virtual character though a series of tasks.

Coding with Robots
Students use computer software to create, test and modify instructions which control the movements of a RCX robot. The group work in pairs to program the RCX to move and follow a sequence of instructions involving colour sensors and sounds.

Game Coding
This module is for students with some experience of coding. They create their own app-style game and design the challenges and obstacles in their games. This module encourages students to be creative and use their coding knowledge to de-bug scripts.

Activities

The PGL Adventure Bonus
Choose from our popular on-site adventure activities, such as zip wire, giant swing, trapeze, climbing and abseiling, to complement your study sessions and tailor-make your course to your requirements.

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A typical itinerary for this course

Sample programme for a 5 day Computing course for students at KS3
  Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Breakfast
09.00-10.30   Introduction to Coding (part 1) Jacob's Ladder Game Coding (part 1) Abseiling
10.30-12.00   Introduction to Coding (part 2) Trapeze Game Coding (part 2) Climbing
Lunch
14.00-15.30   Archery PGL TV (part 1) Fencing Depart centre
15.30-17.00 Arrive for evening meal and unpack Orienteering PGL TV (part 2) Zip Wire  
Dinner
Evening Passport to the World Ambush Disco Robot Wars  

 

Learning outcomes

Key themes of the course are shown below, and your course will be tailored to suit you and your group’s curriculum needs:

  • Finding information
  • Developing ideas
  • Communicating ideas and information
  • Evaluation of information
  • Analysing and interpreting data
  • Using a range of ICT resources and equipment, both individually and collaboratively
  • Problem solving in design
  • Energy transfer
  • Coding / control technology
Barton Hall

Barton Hall

A great location near Torquay and popular with groups of all ages. There are many blue flag beaches close by and Dartmoor is also within easy reach.

Beam House

Beam House

Near Bideford in north Devon, the surf school at Westward Ho! is close by and there are plenty of land-based activities in the centre grounds.

Boreatton Park

Boreatton Park

There are over 250 acres for you and your students to enjoy, as well as some great accommodation options and excellent facilities.

Caythorpe Court

Caythorpe Court

A fantastic countryside setting boasting 65 acres of grounds, packed full of adventure activities for your students to try out.

Dalguise

Dalguise

Located just five miles north of Dunkeld, there’s plenty to explore in and around this stunning centre, set in the heart of the Scottish Highlands.

Hillcrest

Hillcrest

A cosy welcome awaits you at this former fishing lodge near the River Wye. The small size and homely atmosphere is perfect for younger students.

Liddington

Liddington

Minutes from the M4, near Swindon, the convenient location makes it one of our most popular centres. There are some great facilities too.

Little Canada

Little Canada

A fantastic choice for watersports lovers. Set on the banks of the beautiful Wootton Creek, we have private access to the water.

Llwyn Filly

Llwyn Filly

Close to the Welsh border town of Hay-on-Wye and situated on the edge of the stunning Brecon Beacons, giving immediate access to the mountains.

Marchants Hill

Marchants Hill

Conveniently close to London but in a countryside setting, there’s plenty of adventure in the wooded grounds and beyond for your students to discover.

Osmington Bay

Osmington Bay

There’s direct access to the beach, thrilling watersports on the sea at the nearby Portland Bay, as well as a range of exhilarating adventure activities.

Tregoyd House

Tregoyd House

Enjoy canoeing the picturesque River Wye at this beautiful centre in the heart of the Black Mountains. There’s so much to explore, see and do.

Windmill Hill

Windmill Hill

Located in the scenic Sussex Downs, close to the coast and not far from London, it’s a popular destination for secondary school groups.

Winmarleigh Hall

Winmarleigh Hall

A beautiful Victorian mansion house set within 50 acres of grounds. It’s a popular location in the north west of England, near the forest of Bowland.