Our Year 6 children participated in the UK Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge 2019,  a competition aimed at raising awareness of Computer Science in a fun and rewarding way, which involves solving problems using computational thinking skills.

Congratulations to Georgie, who scored 144 out of a possible 152 in the challenge and received the Best in School certificate.  As she was placed in the top 10% of children, she has also been invited to participate in the 2020 Oxford Computing Challenge, a new challenge which aims to help talented computational thinkers move on to providing programmed solutions to problems.  Owen, Freya, Roberto, Joey, Ali, Laurie and Rowan all received Distinction Certificates, awarded to top achievers in the challenges.

Computational thinking involves using a set of problem-solving skills and techniques that software engineers use to write programs and apps. Examples of these techniques would include the ability to break down complex tasks into simpler components, algorithm design, pattern recognition, pattern generalisation and abstraction.

Miss Laura Grace, Subject Leader for Computing said “We are really excited about Georgie’s achievement.  Participating in external initiatives such as the UK Bebras Challenge provides opportunities for the children to discover their talents and develop skills, in areas above and beyond the curriculum, that they can use in their future education and careers.”