Schoolhouse of the month: Millais School

Author: Sophia Aker, programme coordinator

We are lucky to work with some of the most creative and ingenious teachers you can find. Here, you'll discover the amazing work that our Schoolhouse do. Each month we'll be featuring one of our Schoolhouses, so you can learn more about this amazing community of schools and colleges.

Our next schoolhouse is Millais School! Millais has been on the programme for a long time and Lead Teacher Becci has a wealth of experience under her belt as a teacher on the programme.

1) How long have you been a DSH?

Millais School joined Digital School House in 2018. We started with just 5 schools attending workshops and have grown to 12 Primary school regularly attending workshops each year. I have expanded my workshops to include Blogs and Micro:Bits. The Micro:Bits have proved very popular. A lot of the Primary schools have gone one to buy class sets of Micro:bits because the students enjoyed using them so much. 

2) What video game/ game are you currently enjoying and why?

I currently love “Just Dance” on Nintendo switch. I love playing with my kids and watching everyone having fun!!! Our Esports club at Millais' favourite game is "Super Smash Bros" . 

3. What do you love about being a teacher?

I love seeing all students come up with amazing ideas and concepts when they are coding - it is great to see students of all abilities being able to produce excellent work. I loving trying to come up with exciting and creative new ways to teach a topic so that all students can achieve.  

4) Favourite light-bulb or creative moment as a teacher?

Since joining DSH my eyes have been opened to teaching Computer Science using a variety of ‘unplugged’ playful computing activities that use everyday household objects. My favourite is teaching algorithms through lego or playdough. It is so exciting to see the students faces light up when I get out the box of lego. It is always a fun and engaging lesson when students learn through lego or playdough.

5) What have you enjoyed the most as a teacher so far this year?

My Code Club for Girls has been amazing this year with more students than ever taking part. I am so proud of what we have accomplished with Code Club since its launch. We now have this amazing community where students can learn to code together and develop their computer skills, from programming a website using HTML to completing some really interesting projects on Micro:bits.