Support for National Curriculum

blueshift works closely with schools to help them achieve (and surpass) the aims of the new National Curriculum in Computing. We set standards by which to teach the new curriculum and help with the provision of lesson plans and assessment materials.

Computing is a new part of the National Curriculum (and technology changes rapidly), because of this, it is critical to the creation of high quality instruction and assessment materials that we test our materials through teaching them in our clubs and camps and iterate them accordingly. We ensure that our educational and assessment materials are of the highest quality by constantly testing their efficacy and appropriateness in the classroom.

We have assessment rubrics for all of our courses so that we can determine our students’ progress. Read more about the new National Curriculum in Computing.

 

Schools we work with

We have also run workshops with the following:

  • Bassett House School
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • Maple Walk School
  • The Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Angels and Urchins Magazine

Services for Schools

After school clubs and workshops

We run weekly after school clubs for children in Year 1 to Year 9. We find that the best results are obtained when we run clubs that are spread over a maximum of 2-3 year groups. Our clubs for Year 1 students look at pre-computing concepts (eg. ‘what is an algorithm?’) whereas our clubs for children in Year 8 look at creating apps using JavaScript. All of our clubs use the National Curriculum in Computing as the basis for our teaching.

We also run workshops to help schools round out their Computing provision as required by the National Curriculum, particularly when it comes to physical computing

Consulting and in-class teaching

We work with schools to assess their Computing offering against the National Curriculum and augment their offering with a view to keeping standards of the highest quality. We can either provide training materials and equipments and/or planning and assessment tools.
Where requested, we run weekly in-class teaching sessions. We might come in to a school to teach a weekly JavaScript session or do a term’s worth of robotics.

Continuing Professional Development

We have developed a series of CPD sessions for teachers including such topics as teaching JavaScript and Robotics. We offer free CPD sessions to those schools that run after-school clubs with us. We are currently working with CAS (Computing at School) to provide training, develop assessment tools and ensure alignment with the National Curriculum.

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