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The Herts for Learning Primary Computing Scheme (version 3)

The Herts for Learning Primary Computing Scheme (version 3) provides a creative approach to delivering the Computing curriculum and is fully aligned with the 2014 National Curriculum for Computing.  It supports the teaching and the development of computing and builds computer science capability for current and future learning. 

It is designed to evolve to embrace new technologies and practices and meet statutory changes to the national curriculum.  To offer the greatest flexibility to schools whilst ensuring progression, the scheme is organised into four age phases; EYFS, Key Stage 1, Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2, supporting mixed and single aged cohorts. 

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How Hertfordshire schools can help get people online: resources and support

In schools around the country, students are sharing their digital skills with people in their communities – friends, family, neighbours, community groups – and helping them to enjoy the benefits the internet can bring:

 

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Raspberry PiWho had all the Pis?

In an exciting initiative to get young people actively involved in computing, The Raspberry Pi Foundation gave away thousands of Google-sponsored Raspberry Pis to under 18’s back in January.

Are your pupils among them?

Herts for Learning is eager to hear about schools in Hertfordshire who have received or are awaiting their Pis, and we would like to support you in your Pi journey.

If you are one of the lucky receivers of a Pi and would like to share your journey with other schools in Hertfordshire please contact:

Jessica Broadbent, HfL Journalist at:
Email: jessica.broadbent@hertsforlearning.co.uk

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Raspberry PiSome Exciting News From Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi Foundation is giving away 2000 Google-sponsored Raspberry Pis to children and teenagers (ie under 18) in the UK.

People can participate either via the school (as part of Hour of Code week) or as individuals (create a "My PI Project" poster).

This could be a great opportunity for school computer clubs.

The Computing and ICT Curriculum Team

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Attention to Schools with Apple Products
iOS 7, Apple’s mobile operating system for devices such as iPads, has been released and is currently available for download. With the new release, Apple has redesigned the interface, with new features added and some current features being removed.

We are currently advising schools to hold off from updating their iOS Devices to version 7 until SITSS have undertaken thorough testing. Last year some schools had encountered many issues with the upgrade to iOS 6 such as devices no longer connecting to the wireless and some iPads getting corrupted.

Following successful testing of the new version of iOS, we will release a news update here and our @SITSSApple twitter account to inform you on how to proceed.

Please do not hesitate to contact the SITSS Service Desk if you have any queries with this Apple update or further Apple queries (01438 844777, Option 1, Option 3)

 

Schools with SITSS Apple Device Management Systems
With iOS 7 being released, an option for schools to upgrade their server OSX software will be made available so they can manage the new feature of iOS 7. This update is not yet available but the advice is not to upgrade immediately.  SITSS will be undertaking thorough testing to ensure continuity and advice on the best procedure for Schools.  SITSS will update Schools who have this system in place via email at a later date with more in-depth details on moving forward with this update.

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Tubs for Tablets - Flora Campaign
Flora has teamed up with Tesco to give primary and middle schools across the UK the chance to get their hands on thousands of pounds worth of touch screen tablets (an ASUS MeMO Pad™ 172)- simply by collecting tokens in special tubs of Flora. Schools or parents can register at:

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Using Android Tablets in a Primary School - Good Practice Case Study Updated May 2013
Killigrew Primary and Nursery School is a two form entry school near St. Albans. We first visited this school in December 2012 to look at their use of Android based tablets, which the school purchased in the autumn term of that year.

Their 16 Toshiba AT300-101 tablet computers were purchased for general cross-curricular use in all classes. The school has an extensive PC network, running RM Community Connect 4, which includes an ICT suite as well as laptops for use in classrooms.

When the first version of this case study was published at the beginning of 2013, the tablets were new to the school so it was decided we would revisit the case a few months later to see how the use of these devices had developed.

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Roamer's visit to Maple Cross

At the end of the Spring Term, Maple Cross Primary School near Rickmansworth hosted a very creative project, using the new Roamer Too as a robotic character in a new Star Wars adventure and at the same time getting the children interested in computer programming. More details about this great project with the school's Upper Key Stage 2 pupils and their teacher, Nick Flint, were published on the Roamer website.

 

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Woodfield School - NAACE National Schools Competition Winners

Congratulations to Woodfield School who were overall winners in the NAACE Annual Competition for Schools 2013! Entrants were invited to create a digital artefact to show how technology helps us learn better, and you can view their winning video here:

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Using Android Tablets in a Primary School - Good Practice Case Study
Killigrew Primary and Nursery School is a two form entry school near St. Albans. In the Autumn term of 2012 the school purchased 16 Toshiba AT300-101 tablet computers for general cross-curricular use in all classes. This case study shows how the school are managing and using the tablets

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DfE 30th January 2013: Computer science to be included in the EBacc
Computer science will be added to the list of separate science options (so there are now four separate sciences instead of the traditional three) in the EBacc.