Digital Schoolhouse fits in brilliantly with Shire Oak Academy’s primary partnership. Students have previously visited the Academy for Maths, Science and PE lessons as well as STEM days. The Digital Schoolhouse extends this into Computer Science. Our aim is to assist our overburdened primary school teachers, so that they have the confidence and skills to deliver Computer Science effectively. This will ensure that students come to us in Year 7 armed with the skills and love for Computer Science and Computational thinking. By knowing what is being delivered at primary school level, we can better plan our Key Stage 3 curriculum so that students see progression, rather than repeating work they have already done or doing work, which is too easy.
We believe that Computing should be challenging, exciting, rewarding and most of all fun. Our courses offer unplugged activities away from the computer along with hands-on programming experience in Scratch, Code Combat and Python. Thinking and problem solving skills are utilised throughout as children are encouraged to really understand problems, break them down and create solutions using code. The Digital Schoolhouse project allows us to offer our Computing expertise to Year 5 and 6 pupils preparing them for our challenging KS3 Computing curriculum and beyond.