We have lift off! - Update
West Park Academy is raising money for educational technology through Rocket Fund. Please support us by donating, however large or small!
UPDATE - Thank you so much to those who have pledged so far, we are creeping toward our target and have an action packed STEM themed day planned for after the half term holiday. Watch this space!
You can view our pitch below and support us by donating here.
At West Park Academy we inspire a lifelong love of learning where children are valued for their individuality and realise their potential with a positive, enriched learning. Curiosity, flexibility of thought and risk-taking are at the heart of everything we do.
We aim to rise above the ordinary by developing a creative curriculum that responds to individual children's needs and interests.
Who is this for?
This is for our Year 5 and 6 pupils to challenge and enhance learning in Computing. We want to bring lessons to life by providing hands-on experiences. The project will also benefit children across the school as once they have been programmed by the Year 5 and 6 children, other children will play the educational games they create.
Why do we want it?
The new national curriculum for Computing was introduced in 2014, and although we already meet the needs of that curriculum through what we offer, we know we can make computing lessons more purposeful and engaging by improving the equipment we have. As part of a project in Year 6, children develop their own educational apps for other children to play. Last year the theme was times tables and children have been working on creating their own games for younger children to learn times tables. We want to purchase the Raspberry Pi kits so the games can be played by children across the school. This brings more purpose to the lessons and in turn supports learning across the Academy. The plan is for children to learn the basics of Raspberry Pi in Year 5, including how to set them up and run simple programmes. Then in Year 6 they can create their educational games to share with the rest of the school.