Monday, 14 December 2015

Computing Twilight Sessions in your School

Increasingly schools prefer to have computing training sessions in their schools rather than sending teachers on courses. the advantage is that all staff are knowledgeable and informed and the school is able to implement the new ideas.

We offer customised sessions for your staff (teachers and/or TAs) at reasonable rates. Here are some of the sessions that we have run recently for schools but they are a small snapshot of what we offer. For further details contact Janet Simner on 07957206921 or

TAs: Getting to grips with the new computing curriculum
This session is led by Janet Simner. It is aimed at TAs.
ICT has changed! Now called Computing, it uses different vocabulary and has an increased emphasis on programming. If you are supporting children in the classroom this course will make you aware of the changes and why they have been introduced. We shall start by introducing and explaining the vocabulary. We shall also use the videos and text based resources on the Barefoot website. These will be available after the course for additional study. It would be beneficial to have a second session to look at Scratch skills and ideas on how to use it in the classroom.
E safety hands on session
This session is led by Jan Gray. It is aimed at all staff.
During this session you will be introduced to different online resources that are available to use with children to make them more aware of the dangers and implications of sharing data online. There will be an opportunity to try the resources, discuss their usefulness and share experiences.
TAs: Beebots, Bluebots, Probots and their place in the EYFS and KS1 Computing Curriculum
This session is led by Jan Gray. It is aimed at teachers and TAs who work with EYFS and/or KS1 children.
It will look at ideas for introducing the Beebot as a programming tool and then developing progression activities to extend children’s ability to program the Beebot in more complex sequences and develop their awareness of what we mean by programming. The session will include time for all staff to have ‘hands on’ to try out some of the activities as well as looking at other activities and equipment that can develop programming skills. A CD of materials will be provided.
Using Kodu in the classroom
This session is led by Janet Simner. It is aimed at teachers and TAs in KS2.
Kodu is a visual programming language made by Microsoft specifically for creating games. It is designed to be accessible for children and enjoyable for anyone. In this session we shall explore Kodu and discuss how it can be used in KS2. It will be a practical session aimed at Kodu beginners.
Scratch from Scratch
This session is led by Janet Simner It is aimed at KS2 teachers/TAs.
Scratch is an essential tool to deliver the programming elements of the computing curriculum. If your school are new to Scratch or think you could be doing more then this is the session for you.
Scratch: The next steps
This session is led by Janet Simner It is aimed at KS2 teachers/TAs.
This will be a practical session using Scratch2 on laptops. We shall explore different project ideas that could be used in the classroom eg a stop watch and a calculator. There will be lots of resources to try. You will also learn some new Scratch skills.
Theory Topics in the computing curriculum
This session is led by Janet Simner It is aimed at all teachers.
Are you confused about what should be taught? Do you know what packet switching is? The difference between the internet and the WWW? How data is represented inside a computer? This session will be ideal for all staff. An outline scheme of work is available to support you as you move forward.
Doing more with your ipads
This session is led by Janet Simner It is aimed at all teachers/TAs.
This will look at free apps, or chargeable ones that are so good that you won’t mind paying for them. It will help avoid your ipads becoming internet surfing devices. An outline document is available.

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Hour of Code

If you haven’t already got involved it is now time to get started. I know it’s near the end of term and that the days are already packed but this is a win win activity.

Visit and choose the activity you would like to try. The choice is fantastic and really appealing including Star Wars, Minecraft, Code with Anna and Elsa, Flappy bird, Disney Infinity and many others with less appealing names but equally exciting. The activities come with teacher notes and have a recommended age; usually 6 or 8.
Each session starts with a video and then progresses to using Blockly in a structured tutorial style. Be It’s a self contained activity so teachers/TA skills don’t need to be fantastic! Have a go.
I’d love to know how you get on and which project worked well in your school!

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