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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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19th Oct - School is now closed for half term. However, holiday sports clubs are running throughout the holiday week. Monday 29th is a staff INSET training day so school will reopen for the new term to pupils, parents and visitors on Tuesday 30th Oct. Happy half term!

19th Oct - Mr Hollands presented the Hollands' Cup to Thomas for his musicality and love of music. He also gave us a treat by dancing for us!

19th Oct - Well done Petersfield, we raised £104.64 for the Shine charity. It was delightful to see all the children dressed in yellow. This money will really make a difference to families in Cambridgeshire.

19th Oct - We enjoyed a wonderful Black History assembly. Children presented work inspired by: Frank Bowling, Chris Ofili, Lublin Himid, Uno Egonu and Hurvin Anderson. The children's work was so good that it was difficult to see the difference between the artist and the children's.

15th Oct - The Lunchtime Company, new lunch providers as of today, received rave reviews from pupils and staff who commented on the amazing taste, delicious smell the moment you entered the dining hall and the significant improvement in the school meals today.

15th Oct - School started with much excitement in assembly as our Story Teller challenged our understanding of stories. Each class is participating in an exciting workshop in preparation for sharing stories with children from Barrington and Foxton school after half term.

12th Oct - Well done to Yew class for their delicious FOPS cake sale fundraiser.

8th-12th Oct - Thank you to our amazing careers' week parent volunteers. Our pupils said: 'fascinating, we didn't know how many jobs there are in the world, quite exciting listening to the people, incredible to hear about the jobs, interesting to hear what other people do for work, and inspiring!'.

10th Oct - We were delighted to welcome The Lunchtime Company into school to tell us all about the exciting and tasty new menu for school meals from October 15th.

8th Oct - Welcome to our PGCE students working in Ash Class.

8th Oct - Our careers week is already inspiring conversations about 'What I am going to be when I grow up' thanks to our talks today on careers in epidemiology, working with wildlife and being a human rights lawyer. Many thanks to out inspirational volunteers.

5th Oct - Our year 6 pupils visited Ely Cathedral today, along with 600 pupils from schools in the Diocese. Their focus was WW1 and what life was like at the Home Front. It ended with poppies falling in the octagon. 'It was so beautiful'.'I loved looking up and seeing the falling poppies'.

5th Oct - As today was World Smile Day, in Collective Worship we discussed the importance of smiles and how it makes you and others feel when you smile. We asked our pupils to go home and give their families a big smile!

5th Oct - It was wonderful to hear our cook praise the whole of Rowan class for their polite manners today. She said that every child thanked her and was so polite. She said that in all the schools she has worked in, she has never had a whole class do that before.

3rd Oct - We are really focusing on our learning behaviours in school and went through this together in assembly. After reading the children's comments in their behaviour questionnaires, we have amended our plans including how we sit in assembly.

28th Sept - Well done to our first Headteachers' Award winners of 2018-19. What a good example to set to others.

28th Sept - Our pupils were delighted, excited and inspired by Jamie, who came from Rocksteady Music School to work with our pupils. They said: 'I want a band of my own when I get older!' and 'It was fun playing the electric guitar'.

28th Sept - Thank you to all who supported our Macmillan Coffee morning and cake sale today. We raised £160 for this worthwhile charity.

27th Sept - Rowan and Yew classes enjoyed a busy day explored Wicken Fen as part of their curriculum topic.

21st Sept - We went to church today to celebrate and give thanks for harvest. The children donated food and money to the Royston Food Bank. Our children read the prayers they had written in buddy groups.

20th Sept - The primary focus of our first Full Governing Body meeting of the academic year was on our Petersfield Priorities to further raise standards. Please do see how you can help your child by reading the weekly update on the newsletter.

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