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On Friday 20th January 2017, Rowan class were chosen to represent KS2 who have been learning new programming skills thanks to the support of The Technology Partnership plc (TTP) and David Anderson. Rowan class were filmed designing and making Lego "frogs" move. The film is available to view below. Our pupils were very excited and were able to demonstrate their love for learning and their acquisition of these technological skills.

TTP brings robotics to the next generation of coders

The Technology Partnership funds new robotics lessons to teach coding to teachers and students alike

The Technology Partnership plc (TTP) has announced it is supporting an initiative in Cambridgeshire to help teachers with the new skills they need to teach coding to the next generation of learners. The idea is being led by David Anderson, a robotics/software expert and former employee at TTP, who has strong ties to the education sector. The programme was launched in response to the need for new skills amongst primary school teachers who are now expected to teach coding as a core part of the National Curriculum. As a world leader in technology and product development, TTP works to ensure that the fundamental skills within its sector flourish in the UK market and believes this has to start with education – of teachers as well as students.

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Supporting the New Curriculum

In 2014, a revolution in the National Curriculum for schools replaced ICT with Computing, with a focus on equipping pupils with the skills to thrive in a digital world. As laid out in the guidance from the Department for Education, this has a particular focus on teaching "the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming." Whilst changing the curriculum will help bring talent into the industry in the future, it has resulted in primary school teachers having to learn to teach the new topic. A plethora of online resources and communities have sprung up to assist teachers in learning how to teach programming skills. However, such programmes are voluntary and require considerable investment of already stretched teachers’ time to achieve success. David Anderson, Robotics Programme Leader, says: "In 2014, the Government recognised that the old ICT curriculum was not producing employees with the skills required for the growing technology sector. Thus, a change was made to the subject to ensure that basic programming skills were being taught. Although the change was welcomed by the technology sector, it was apparent that there was a knowledge gap amongst teachers. That’s when I knew there was an opportunity for both myself and TTP to give back to the community and to share our expertise."

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Recruitment challenges

Peter Taylor, TTP Group CEO also commented, "Recruiting candidates of the right calibre is still a challenge within the technology sector, and whilst changing the curriculum has been a step in the right direction, it hasn’t taken into account the need for teachers to upskill in order to teach it effectively. By supporting this initiative, not only are we helping increase our future talent pool, we are also directly giving back to the local community and sharing our expertise where it is sorely needed. We hope that more schools adopt this approach in order to deliver the best learning environment for our future tech stars."

Petersfield Church of England (Aided) Primary School, Orwell

Petersfield Church of England (Aided) Primary School was chosen for the project due to its commitment to driving forward teaching best practices in technology. The school’s vision is to foster a lifelong desire to learn in its pupils, which marries well with TTP’s own culture of innovation and achievement. TTP has worked with David Anderson and the school to identify and develop the best training programme to benefit teachers and students. TTP has covered the purchase of LEGO® WeDo kits, to assist in the teaching of basic programming skills. Designed with schools in mind, the LEGO® WeDo kit contains a selection of LEGO® bricks, sensors and components which pupils can use to create programmable models. Whilst the kits come with a number of predefined projects that can be created, Anderson has been working with the school’s teachers to encourage the children to branch out and discover what new configurations they can build.

David Anderson said: "LEGO® is the perfect medium to use in programmes such as this as the children are already familiar with playing and creating using the bricks. It allows them to be more imaginative and experiment with the options open to them. I don’t feel that I am teaching them in a traditional sense, I’m helping them to experiment and work out the problems and solutions for themselves."

About TTP

The Technology Partnership plc (TTP) is Europe’s leading independent technology and product development company. Part of TTP Group, it combines the strengths of science, engineering and business enterprise to develop new technologies, new products, and new businesses. TTP Group is headquartered on Melbourn Science Park (near Cambridge, UK) and currently employs over 300 people in its businesses, of whom the majority are scientists and engineers.

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14th Dec - Two Governors visited school to discuss children's extended writing which is one of our school priorities. The pupils were able to talk about their learning using their oracy skills and share their learning in their books.

13th Dec - The final EYFS and KS1 performance was the very best! Wow!

12th Dec - The carols under the tree in Wimpole Stables were fabulous tonight. Thanks to Sandra at Wimpole, all those who attended - especially the children on the instruments - and to FOPS for the warm minced pies.

12th Dec - Thank you to all the parents and supporters who enjoyed the EYFS and KS1 performance today. We all agree it was fantastic!

12th Dec - Rowan class attended REActive Church today. Thank you so much to Rev Felicity and the volunteers for this season's sessions.

11th Dec - Elm and Ash class, your dress rehearsal was fantastic! Thank you for Mother Goose who joined us for this performance.

10th Dec - We were delighted to be invited to sing carols at the Methodist church. Thank you to Mr Holland for playing and for the display of Christmas trees, the train and lights.

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5th Dec - GenR8 are visiting today to tell the Christmas story.

5th Dec - Thanks to Mrs Bonfield and our creative pupils, we now have a beautiful, hand made advent calendar in the hall.

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3rd Dec - Thanks to FOPS for bringing that Christmas feel to Petersfield today with all the Christmas decorations. Don't forget the bauble competition to decorate the tree. Due Monday 17th December.

1st Dec - Join us today, 10am to 4pm, for the wonderful FOPS Christmas Fair. Christmas trees, Father Christmas, amazing stalls and delicious food are all available at the Lordsbridge Arena.

30th Nov - The Christingle was a beautiful service at church, the children looked in awe and wonder at the reflections from the light of the candle flames.

29th Nov - Following help from a large number of parents today, we now have our Christingles ready for tomorrow's church service.

23rd Nov - We were again delighted to welcome our EYFS parents into school today to share a lunch with our youngest pupils.

23rd Nov - Our pupils shared what they had learnt in Road Safety week. The youngest pupils told us to stop, listen and think and Elm class shared these words in Spanish. KS2 completed a traffic survey, discussed the pros and cons of walking home alone and discussed road safety.

22nd Nov - Well done to all the KS2 cross country runners who participated in the event today. We were impressed by your perseverance.

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