Class Announcements

Restoring the world's first Pulham Wall

posted 8 Mar 2014, 14:35 by Peter Lowe   [ updated 8 Mar 2014, 14:38 ]


 Assurability is delighted to have been chosen to restore the world's first Pulham Wall at The Univesity of Hertfordshire.This wall sometimes called Pulham's Practice Wall forms a grotto and fernery that dates from circa 1848. We still have the top stratum to rebuild and the walls have yet to be rendered but a fantastic achievement restoring part of our horticultural heritage and a glorious place in which to unwind and contemplate life's great mysteries. 

Sam and Peter will also be immortalised, with their initials carved n slate and stuck to one of the walls.

Teaching Computing (University of East Anglia)

posted 13 Oct 2009, 00:54 by Peter Lowe   [ updated 7 Apr 2016, 08:16 ]

I am currently taking a course in 'Teaching Computing' on line with The UEA, as part of this course I am creating some free quizzes to test learner vocabulary.

Please find below a link to a 'Scatter Test' of vocabulary and terminology useful for the new National Curriculum Computing (Sept 2014).

Database Terminology

Computing at School Computer Science Glossary

Computer Architecture (Revision)

Units of Storage 

Python Glossary (From Python for Beginners)

Writing your first Python Game

The new National Curriculum - Computing is different from ICT in that it has three main elements:

Digital Literacy - Which deals with how learners are going to be using the technology and keeping them safe online. Helping them make the bestchoice of technology, appropriate for the task they want to solve.

Information Technology - The way learners are using particular applications and software or systems to solve real life problems 

Computer Science - The algorithms, the way in which data is being used and being presented, how physically this is being done, what each bit of hardware does, how algorithms are used in the software to generate results that are meaningful to the learner.

As we run through The National Curriculum we will move from Visual Programming using 'Scratch and Blockly into our first Textural Language, Small Basic. We will then bridge from Small Basic to Python the language most local schools will be teaching at Key Stage 4.

To help with the transition between Visual Programming and using a Textural Language I have uploaded a starter PowerPoint presentation, which I have simply adapted from freely available Small Basic literature file:///H:/Introducing%20Small%20Basic.pdf 

Computer Game Development

posted 13 Oct 2009, 00:53 by Peter Lowe   [ updated 14 Jul 2015, 04:44 ]

 Assurability CIC has full permission to use and alter code in 'CodeSkulptor' to better understand how Python programming works. CodeSkulptor covers the whole history of Computer Gaming from ''Pong' to 'Rice Racer' a karting game with multiple race tracks.

CodeSkulptor was created by Scott Rixner a University Professor at Rice University, Houston, Texas. Changing the Python coding in games is a great way to learn how programs work without having to vreat whole new games from scratch and we are grateful for Scott's permission to use this resource and his 'Simple GUI' for Social Enterprise
Commuter Game Development can be furthered through PyGame then lead to an OCR or Btec Unit or a whole NCFE Qualification .

Employability through Horticulture

posted 13 Oct 2009, 00:52 by Peter Lowe   [ updated 17 Aug 2013, 06:13 ]

Our Community Garden at Westfield is certainly our biggest and what a lot of produce in this most difficult of seasons.

Congratulations to our pioneers who have worked like Trojans turning a neglected patch of rough ground outside the technology block into a productive community garden or learners in West Watford. Congratulations too or those who have used 'Employability through Horticulture to step onto prestigious Apprenticeship programmes in Hertfordshire and London. A real ether in the cap for Westfield Community Technology College.

We would like to thank the County too for running and administering  City & Guilds Employability and Personal Development (7546), which enables learners to move through 'Traineeship' at 16 into full level 1, 2 and 3 Work-Based Horticulture Apprenticeships. Providing opportunities for Hertfordshire's vocationally gifted.

Well done again lads and lasses!

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