Computing KS3

for secondary schools

  • Computing at KS3 for Secondary Schools

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 a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® 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 LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robot. The group work in pairs to program the robot 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.

Select an activity for a full description

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, South Devon

Barton Hall, South Devon

A great location near Torquay.

Bawdsey Manor, Suffolk

Bawdsey Manor, Suffolk

On the coast near Woodbridge

Beam House, North Devon

Beam House, North Devon

Near Bideford and the beach/surf school

Boreatton Park, Shropshire

Boreatton Park, Shropshire

In 250 acres near Shrewsbury

Caythorpe Court, Lincolnshire

Caythorpe Court, Lincolnshire

Ten miles north of Grantham

Dalguise, Perthshire

Dalguise, Perthshire

Five miles north of Dunkeld.

Hillcrest, Herefordshire

Hillcrest, Herefordshire

A cosy centre near Ross on Wye.

Liddington, Wiltshire

Liddington, Wiltshire

Minutes from the M4, near Swindon.

Little Canada, Isle of Wight

Little Canada, Isle of Wight

Set on the banks of Wootton Creek.

Llwyn Filly, Brecon Beacons

Llwyn Filly, Brecon Beacons

Close to the Welsh border town of Hay-on-Wye.

Marchants Hill, Surrey

Marchants Hill, Surrey

Near Hindhead, close to London.

Osmington Bay, Dorset

Osmington Bay, Dorset

On the Jurassic coast near Weymouth.

Tregoyd House, Brecon Beacons

Tregoyd House, Brecon Beacons

Near Brecon in the Black Mountains.

Windmill Hill, East Sussex

Windmill Hill, East Sussex

On the Sussex Downs not far from London.

Winmarleigh Hall, Lancashire

Winmarleigh Hall, Lancashire

Set in 50 acres near Preston.

Revision Weekends

Revision Weekends

Revision the PGL way. Take your group away for a weekend of revision combined with activity breaks keeping them motivated, focussed & engaged.

 2019 just £87+VAT per person!