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Mayor of Bromley visits St Joseph's Catholic Primary School as children get first step on digital skills ladder

PUBLISHED: 14:33 14 March 2016 | UPDATED: 14:33 14 March 2016

Programming workshop at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

Programming workshop at St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

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Pupils at the school were taught the importance of computer coding

Programming workshop at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary SchoolProgramming workshop at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

The Mayor of Bromley visited a primary school in the borough last week as pupils programmed and designed their own computer games.

Kim Botting’s visit to St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School on Plaistow Lane on Friday was part of British Science Week’s Digital Day and helped promote the importance of computer coding.

Analysts predict that by 2030 the top jobs will all be technology-based, which is why ComputerXplorers Bromley and Dartford established the annual Programming for Primaries Awareness Day.

The educational technology specialist is delivering the programming workshop free of charge to help children get the first step on the digital skills ladder.

The aim of the initiative is to underline the importance of coding and programming and shine a spotlight on the resources available to schools to help them engage children at an early age.

Dave Cooper, director of ComputerXplorers Bromley and Dartford, said: “We’re delighted that Cllr Botting took the time out of her busy schedule to see primary school age children learn how to program.

“Programming skills are vital to almost every aspect of technology and science and at ComputerXplorers one of our key aims is to help primary schools nurture an early interest in computing.

“These skills are central to economic progress at an individual level as well as at a national level and are just as valuable to children who go on to work outside of the technology sector.”

To date the total number of children benefiting from the free programming workshops is in excess of 1000.

Non-specialist teachers in the primary sector can find the curriculum for computing challenging but with expert guidance and support from ComputerXplorers it can be much less overwhelming.

Mandy Nash, ICT co-ordinator at the school, added: “Dave was excellent throughout.

“The children remained engaged for the whole morning and were eager to get back to it after break time.

“It was a great introduction to Kodu which we will now be able to continue and build on.

“I would certainly recommend ComputerXplorers to anyone wishing to get their pupils enthused and buzzing about coding.”

Programming for Primaries is supported by Microsoft and CAS (Computing at School) and the workshops align with the government’s primary education strategy.

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