St John Fisher becomes a Digital Schoolhouse!

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St John Fisher has been selected to be one of 19 schools throughout the UK to be a part of the prestigious Digital Schoolhouse Project as it rolls out its national programme.

The project is designed to get primary students enthused and engaged by Computer Science and their teachers prepared for delivering this exciting subject in their own schools.

At St John Fisher we are offering local primary school staff and pupil workshops designed to enable pupils to succeed and staff to deliver this essential curriculum area. The best part, thanks to the new Digital Schoolhouse partnership with PlayStation – these are free to all!

Every Monday, from 11.00am until 3.20pm, we will open its doors to our community of primary staff and pupils and a dedicated Computer Science teacher will be available to help support them. Our lead teacher can also be seconded to visit and deliver at individual schools, if that best suits teachers and learners.

This may be by taking a class and delivering a workshop to initially engage pupils or delivering INSET to staff to guide them through the minefield of teaching Computer Science at KS1 and 2 and boost their skills and confidence in this area.

A pre-workshop visit can also be arranged (and is encouraged!) to allow staff to be involved in the planning and delivery of workshops so that a bespoke experience is in place that truly matches the needs of everybody involved.

If you are a local primary school teacher and would like to discuss booking a workshop, INSET session or visit, or would just like more information about the Digital Schoolhouse project, please do not hesitate to contact our lead teacher for more information at dsh@stjohnfisher.org.uk.

The lead teacher for the project is Mark Ward, a highly experienced teacher and self-confessed Computer Science geek, who has been involved in teaching Computer Science in one form or another for the past 16 years. He is both a Raspberry Pi and Apple Certified Educator and has delivered seminars at education conferences including the BETT conference and the Education and Technology conference, on changing from an ICT to Computer Science curriculum. He has also written on this subject for numerous education magazines and websites.