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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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17th Jun - INSET day. School is closed to pupils, parents and visitors today as staff attend the training day. This is one of 5 required days set throughout the academic year. Please see the 'Term Dates' section of this website for next year's training dates.

14th Jun - We were delighted by the huge turnout of male carers who attended our Father's Day lunch and afternoon activities. It was wonderful seeing the children enjoying the company. The 'bee-related' activities mean the honey bees now have many homes!

14th Jun - Our 'Walk to School' week finished with the sun shining! Thank you to the volunteers who walked with us throughout the week. They enabled so many children and staff to have more exercise before the start of the school day.

12th Jun - Our year 4 pupils attended the first session of our new coding club, thanks to Mr Anderson and our parent volunteer. We look forward to seeing the outcome from all their new skills.

11th Jun - We were delighted to be joined by Bishop Stephen, Beverley from Age UK and many members of the community to celebrate the work of our Lent Challenge. Bishop Stephen led collective worship, was given a tour of our school by the pupils than had a cup of tea with the Petersfield Community.

11th Jun - Mrs Penrose was joined by a County representative for a bus ride along today. The positive comments about the bus escort and children were a delight to hear.

10th Jun - Well done to all those who joined us to walk to school, despite the weather, as we started Walk to School Week.

9th Jun - Thanks to parents, governors, pupils, staff and the community, our Sensory Garden looked amazing following the final touches and the addition of our pupils' sculptures. Ice-creams added to the enjoyment and we were delighted to welcome so many people in as part of Orwell Open Gardenss.

7th Jun - It was, once again, a delight to see the incredible variety of learning that had taken place over the half term. Rainforests, quizzes, home-made clocks, dazzling artwork and so much more!! Thank you to the parents who came to see and hear about the learning.

6th Jun - Some pupils in KS2 took part in an inter-school 'Quad Kids'. They enjoyed this event and worked well together.

6th Jun - Well done to the pupils who took part in the Maths Challenge in Cambridge. They demonstrated their amazing fluency and reasoning skills.

6th Jun - We were absolutely delighted to welcome all of KS2 from Barrington and Foxton to our BFP Healthy Minds and Healthy Bodies Oracy day. What a showcase of oracy skills with new friends!

3rd Jun - Welcome back to the first day of the busy, exciting and final half term of the 18-19 academic year.

24th May - School is now closed. We wish all our children and their families a lovely half term break. Enjoy the sunshine and we look forward to welcoming you back into school on Monday 3rd June.

23rd May - Today, our Year 6 pupils had the wonderful opportunity to do practical scientific experiments with Claire from the Children Challenging Industry (CCI) programme (primary schools and science-based manufacturing companies working together) as part of the science curriculum.

22nd May - Wow year 2! You should be very proud of your attitude and achievement over the last two weeks as you have taken SATs in your stride showing all you have learnt. We are very proud of you!

21st May - Excellent fun in the river was had by all Rowan and Yes class at Stibbington!

17th May - We celebrated the pupils' varied achievements in assembly. All of year 6 achieved an award due to their hard work and positive attitude this week. Mr Hollands presented his cup to a child who demonstrated a great willingness to learn the piano and play in a band in the Rock Steady group.

16th May - Well done Year 6. SATs are done! You are a credit to yourself and Peterfield School!

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