Robotics through coding

Quakers Hill Public School share how the school have used robotics and coding to develop a systematic approach to future-focused competencies, such as collaboration and critical thinking.

Robotics through Coding Quakers Hill Public School

Location: Medlow Drive, Quakers Hill

Level: Primary School, Kinder to Year 6

Enrolment: 1021 students (70% being from a language other than English)

The journey

Quakers Hill Public School is one of the founding schools of the Blacktown Learning Community; a well-established cluster of 28 supporting schools. It has an enrolment of approximately 1020 students, with over 70% being from a language background other than English. The catchment area is quite diverse, with a supportive parent community. It is recognised as a lighthouse school for the successful integration of future-focused pedagogy and practice right the way across the curriculum.

Quakers Hill Public School had been transforming learning spaces and pedagogy for a number of years that has led into an explicit coding and robotics initiative. This was seen as a mechanism to support the instruction of critical thinking and adaptive problem solving skills, along with other 21st century competencies, such as collaboration and communication. Teachers participated in a broad variety of professional learning opportunities and immersed themselves in the content, allowing them to become local experts. Teachers became the driving force within the school, training colleagues on how to purchase the new resources, developing and supporting the implementation of the science scope and sequence. Staff were supported in the implementation of the new strategies with programs and documentation, observation and demonstration lesson opportunities and ongoing professional learning.

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