This week I've been creating video guides for you and children to follow at home. They're simple starter projects for Scratch that cover the basics. I've tried to make sure all the projects have links to key computational thinking concepts where I can. Enjoy!
For the last 2 weeks I've been running a little Microbit project with my year 5 kids. It's the first time they've used the Microbit and they've been really enjoying it, so I thought I'd give this project a little share! I sent out a few tweets too which were pretty popular, thought a full … Continue reading MicroBit Robot Heads
For the past few weeks I've been teaching a bunch of losers, and they've loved it! I'd say the hardest challenge for me when teaching computing is the resilience and determination of the kids. They just don't have it. They give up all to easily, and want to have the answers or solutions spoon fed … Continue reading A lesson for Losers!
For the past 3 years in school I've been using a 3D printer with the children. It's been a wonderful journey and experience, but it's been really tricky at some points. I've decided to put together all of the hints and tips I've gathered over those years into one helpful guide. Hope it helps! The … Continue reading 3D Printing in Primary School – The Ultimate Guide
Sometimes the best things in life are free. In this quick little list I've put down some of the best bits of free software suitable for primary pupils. With schools budgets being constantly pushed, free is the way to go! They are also all aimed at working 'offline'. There are loads of free websites for … Continue reading 5 Free Software Packages for Primary
During my STEM hour this week my group did a bit of unplugged making. We had a go at building a constant Pinterest favourite, the balloon hovercraft! Equipment needed: Balloons (Obviously!!), make sure you have spares too! Old Cd's Blu Tak, of a glue gun for older pupils. The cap from a sports bottle (Not … Continue reading STEM – Balloon Hovercrafts
To kick off our return to work this week we held a Mad Scientist Day. The kids were all encouraged to come dressed as scientists, and all activities for that day were focused on science, or widened to STEM. On a Monday is when I teach all of my EYFS and KS1 classes, so to … Continue reading Lego Inventors – Early Years Creators
Over the past few weeks my year 5 kids have been working hard on a little Scratch/Makey Makey project I wanted to share with you. It started off as a nice and simple task, but we've added and developed it into a great little project! Great little bit of programming by yr5 this week. RC … Continue reading Makey Makey RC Robots
Outdoor learning in computing can be great fun. The kids will have thousands of lessons sat in front of a computer, but I guarantee they'll remember the time you took them outside and turned them into computers! For my lesson this week I took my year 3 group out on to the muddy field, to … Continue reading Outdoor Learning – We Are Computers
I have the best job. Ever. Just putting that out there now. Today, with my little mini STEM group, we just sat and played with LEGO for an hour and half. I tipped out the whole box on my floor and we played, talked, and created together. Absolute bliss. There was obviously some learning taking … Continue reading STEM LEGO Challenge Cards
During programming sessions I tend to get a clear gap between those who get it, and those who don't. Pupils who understood the key concepts will charge on ahead and complete the tasks I set, while those who don't are left standing still. With the best will in the world I don't have the time … Continue reading Creating Paired Programmers
This half term I'm trying something new with my year 6 kids. For the last few years I've looked at networks and how computers work and they've enjoyed it. However this year I'm adding some cryptography into the mix too. Cryptography, while hard to spell, has the potential to really enrich the maths and problem … Continue reading Cryptography and Code Breaking in Primary