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Mission Zero

In 2020, as part of our Computing Code Club, we had four Petersfield Code Club teams enter the Astro Pi Mission Zero Challenge. The children wrote simple programs using Python programs to take a humidity reading on-board the International Space Station and communicate it to the astronauts with a personalised message. The programs ran on the International Space Station whilst it was over:

  • 1. Orenburg Oblast, Russia
  • 2. Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA
  • 3. Just south of Hawaii, North Pacific
  • 4. Near the Pitcairn Islands, South Pacific

Shaun the Sheep – Mission to Space

The Code Club children learned how to code their own animation about the global flock-star, Shaun the Sheep, and his new alien-friend Lu-La. This project was part of the Code Club 'Shaun the Sheep: Mission to Space' Competition, which was open to all Code Clubs around the world. The children created their animations using Scratch. Click here to see one of their entries…

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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15th Apr - Well done to the well deserved winners of the Headteacher Awards and Hollands Cup presented virtually today. Thank you to family members who shared in these achievements with us.

13th Apr - Today, Rev Felicity led our service as we joined with Barrington School virtually. We reflected on a 'Life Well Lived' in our Collective Worship following the Death of HRH Duke of Edinburgh.

12th Apr - Welcome back to the Summer term! What a fantastic start to the term! Our children's enthusiasm for learning and seeing their peers is great to see.

30th Mar - We are pleased to report that the Track and Trace process for the end of the Spring term is now complete with no positive Covid cases to report. If you or your child now develops symptoms, please follow NHS Track and Trace. Happy Easter Everyone!

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26th Mar - School is now closed until Monday 12th April. Happy Easter!

26th Mar - There are lots of Easter trails and challenges taking place this Easter thanks to FOPS, St Andrews and the Methodist church. We look forward to seeing photos of your involvement. The paper copies of the FOPS trail and colouring competitions are in school bags today.

26th Mar - Thank you to Rev Felicity and Barrington School for sharing in today's Collective Worship. A silver lining of remote learning is the opportunity to join together virtually with ease as two schools for our Lent Service.

25th Mar - The Free School Meal vouchers for the Easter holidays will be emailed tomorrow to those eligible. If you think you may qualify, please do get in touch. Don't forget the Winter Grant is available to families in need. More information can be found with today's Petersfield Press email.

23rd Mar - Today at noon, each class took a minute to reflect on the impact of Covid, both in school and in the wider community, over the last year.

22nd Mar - Through drama and poetry, Elm class explored the parable of the Lost Sheep and related this to their class family. They reflected maturely on friendships in Elm class.

22nd Mar - Today on our Understanding Christianity Day, we were impressed by the confident use of the vocabulary children employed to explain their understanding of the story of Easter.

19th Mar - Today we raised funds for Red Nose Day. The wide range of Superhero costumes sparked debate about just how many superheros we know in our community.

12th Mar - Thank you so much to all the Mums who joined us virtually today. The lovely things the children said about you shows just how special you are!

10th Mar - 8:40pm We are pleased to report that the issue has now been resolved and so school is OPEN tomorrow. Thank you to pupils, parent and staff for your support and prompt action today.

10th Mar - 19:35pm We are still at school waiting for the plumbing issue to be resolved. We will update the website before we leave school tonight.

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8th Mar - The smiling, enthusiastic faces today of both pupils and staff made our day! Welcome back everyone!

5th Mar - Our final 'Petersfield Press' update of the week has been sent today as we prepare for all pupils' return on Monday. We are REALLY looking forward to seeing you all!

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1st March - The first of several expected 'Petersfield Press' updates has been sent by email today to accompany the latest video update for pupils as we prepare for the full opening next week.

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24th Feb - Today we launched Bishop Stephen's Lent Challenge. Check out Mrs Wright's video to introduce the challenge. We look forward to learning with you over the next 5 weeks and receiving your response to the Bishop's challenge.

22nd Feb - Like you, we have listened to the Prime Minister's address to the Commons today. We will be in touch asap once we have have met with County. We will be asking for provisional Puffins bookings up until Easter for those who need this provision to be able to work.

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