Autumn Term 2022

 

Preparing for Ofsted in Primary Computing - Short Course

Preparing for Ofsted in Primary Computing - Short Course

Facilitator Name: Anthony Lees

Course Code: CD486 / E03

Online Session Date:

  • 28th September 2022: 15:30 - 17:00

Find out what to expect from an Ofsted visit to your school and how you can prepare for it as a computing subject lead.

This short course will explore the expectations outlined in the Ofsted framework and what this means for computing teaching and learning in your school. Drawing on the evidence of recent inspections it will also help you to identify key concerns around a subject inspection and how you can best prepare for it.

You will be supported in identifying where you are now in computing and exploring key strategies to ensure that the intent, implementation and impact of your computing curriculum is evident throughout school.

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Leading Primary Computing

Leading Primary Computing

Facilitator Name: Anthony Lees

Course Code: CD008 / E01

Session Dates:

  • 19th October 2022: 09:00 - 15:30
  • 09th November 2022: 09:00 - 15:30

This course will help new primary computing leaders to clarify their role and develop and implement a broad and balanced curriculum. You will learn how best to lead the improvement of computing teaching and learning, and to provide professional support and development to others.

Identifying where your school is now in computing, will enable you to identify and plan for improvement in your school. Building on this knowledge, you will develop a detailed action plan to guide the effective use and development of resources, assessment approaches and ways to enrich the computing curriculum. By monitoring and communicating impact you will enable yourself and school leadership to accurately understand the strengths of computing in your school, and sustainably plan for improvement.

Do you prefer to learn remotely? If so, take a look at: Leading primary computing

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Online Safety through Primary Computing

Online Safety through Primary Computing

Facilitator Name: Anthony Lees

Course Code: CD469 / E02

Session Date:

  • 2nd November 2022: 15:30 - 17:00

This short course will support the needs of schools in ensuring that they keep children safe whilst teaching computing and using technology to access the full primary curriculum.

Online safety is a whole-school priority, and can be supported effectively through a high-quality computing curriculum. Using high-quality, evidence-based resources and best practice this CPD supports computing subject leaders to develop safe and respectful use of online technologies among all children.

You'll discover where to find the most up-to-date, authoritative, and accessible sources of learning support for this vital aspect of the primary curriculum. Working with colleagues with responsibility for safeguarding and school leadership, you'll be confident that curriculum provision meets requirements and supports the needs of children in your school.

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Physical Computing Kit - KS2 Crumble

Physical Computing Kit - KS2 Crumble

Facilitator Name: Anthony Lees

Course Code: CD252 / E03

Session Date:

  • 16th November 2022: 15:30 - 17:00

Physical computing involves programming digital devices to sense and interact with the world – an engaging alternative to screen-only activity. It touches upon many areas of the computing curriculum, bringing subject knowledge and programming skills to engaging and enjoyable classroom activities.

The Crumble Controller is an easy-to-use programmable device, ideal for physical computing in primary schools. It is capable of driving two motors. With 4 input / output terminals, children can connect LEDs, switches and other interesting add-ons.

During this CPD you’ll explore how Crumble can be used in the classroom, with blocks of code ‘snapping’ together in an easy-to-use, Scratch-like environment suitable for key stage 2. You’ll find out how to setup the device, how to make use of input and output terminals and explore how to use the device with children. The CPD will help you gain confidence in teaching using Crumble, and the free Teach Computing Curriculum.

The National Centre for Computing Education has developed a Crumble physical computing kit that can be borrowed from your local Computing Hub, following your CPD.

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Introduction to Primary Computing

Introduction to Primary Computing

Facilitator Name: Anthony Lees

Course Code: CD004 / E02

Session Date:

  • 17th November 2022: 09:00 - 15:30

Computing in primary schools is a practical, creative and knowledge-rich subject. This course provides teachers with the knowledge and confidence to get started on the journey to outstanding computing in your school, whether you’re a subject coordinator or another interested teacher.

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Primary Programming and Algorithms

Primary Programming and Algorithms

Facilitator Name: Anthony Lees

Course Code: CD003 / E02

Session Date:

  • 06th December 2022: 15:30 - 17:00

Programming and algorithms are fundamental to the primary computing curriculum. Algorithms are clear and unambiguous instructions to solve problems which can often be translated using a programming language for a computer to follow. By thinking computationally, children can harness the power of computers to extend their capabilities.

Teachers may wish to attend Teaching and leading key stage 1 or key stage 2 computing before participating in this CPD

During this one-day professional development, you will discover engaging and effective ways to help children use computational thinking. You will be equipped to develop their knowledge of how technology works, and the skills to make computers follow instructions in simple programs. A range of approaches will be explored, including ‘unplugged’ activities that require no computer and multimedia activities that allow creativity and promote widespread engagement.

The professional development will highlight the differences and commonalities across Key Stages 1 and 2, helping all primary teachers to plan for age-appropriate learning while developing an understanding of progression through computing.

Do you prefer to learn remotely? If so, take a look at: Primary programming and algorithms

This course is delivered as part of the National Centre for Computing Education.

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Introduction to the Micro:Bit in KS2

Introduction to the Micro:Bit in KS2

Facilitator Name: Anthony Lees

Course Code: CD292 / E01

Session Date:

  • 07th December 2022: 15:30 - 17:00

Explore physical computing using the micro: bit device; finding out how it can be used to develop understanding of programming through creative digital projects.

During this CPD, you’ll learn how to get started with the micro:bit, exploring the in-built buttons, LEDs, and sensors for detecting movement, sound, light and heat. You’ll find out how to setup the device, how to attach add-ons to make use of the inputs and outputs, and how to teach using micro:bit, making use of freely available resources.

The micro:bit provides an engaging way to develop subject knowledge, through cross-curricular projects that provide instant feedback to develop understanding of programming in Key Stage 2.

Your local computing hub can provide a loanable micro:bit kit enabling you to implement activities using this device in your classroom.

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Spring Term 2023

 

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