It has been announced that the popular block building computer game, Minecraft, will be provided to all secondary schools in Northern Ireland for free as part of a project organised by the annual CultureTECH festival, funded by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure.
The new computing curriculum has understandably caused anxiety for many teachers across the country. With terms like ‘algorythms’ and ‘programming’ being bounced around, teachers who have never had the opportunity to use these skills themselves are being faced with the task of teaching the next generation how to do so.
Claire Lotriet, upper Key Stage 2 phaseleader and Year 6 teacher at Henwick Primary School, South London, is the computing and enterprise coordinator as well as author of the ‘Learn to Code’ practice books for students. Here, she shares her top tips on how programming can be simplified for children and teachers, cracking the code for the classroom…
Over the past year, award-winning online markbook and pupil assessment tool, Classroom Monitor, has released a number of free white papers and guides related to the new National Curriculum and areas of uncertainty within schools.
Having seen a great deal of support for the free downloads, particularly the ‘Ofsted Good to Outstanding’ and ‘Assessing Without Levels: Your Checklist for Change’ white papers, this month Technical Director Chris Scarth aims to demystify assessment models through the latest free download, ‘Creating an Assessment Model for the New Curriculum’.