Ready, Steady, Code!
New Coding, Programming and Robotics lessons put Kimbolton pupils at the forefront of a computing revolution in UK schools.
Kimbolton’s First to Third Form pupils are at the forefront of a computing revolution in UK schools. This week, for the first time, they have taken lessons in coding, programming and robotics on Raspberry Pi computers.
While the teaching of computing is now compulsory at primary school level, Kimbolton is ahead of most secondary schools by rolling out a comprehensive curriculum in this field – giving pupils access to one of the most important skills in the modern world.
The credit-card sized Raspberry Pi plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. It enables users to explore how computers work, and to learn how to program. The device, which has already proved popular in our after-school Robotics Club, will now enable all of our pupils to develop the skills to create programs ranging from artificial intelligence to controlling a small rover.
Mr Mike Reed, Head of Digital Learning, said: “By the end of the Third Form, our pupils will have gained a real insight into all the possibilities that being a technology creator, rather than just a consumer, can bring, and how these skills give them a strong advantage in future learning and employment.”
The topic of computing is currently high on the government’s agenda, with recent changes to the National Curriculum introducing coding to the school timetable for every child aged 5-16 years old. The UK is the first major G20 economy in the world to implement this on a national level.
For a look at how ICT has developed into the new Digital Learning curriculum at Kimbolton, take a look at Kimbolton Digital Learning on YouTube.