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!
This half term I've been planning a unit of work to introduce my Year 3 kids to Scratch. I also wanted something that would fill one of my display boards with lots of colour. I came up with some simple Scratch projects that create code generated art. Together they use a mix of coding techniques … Continue reading Creating Art with Code
I created this project a few months ago after being inspired by the amazing Colleen Graves. The work she does with a Makey Makey is incredible so definitely give her twitter a look and follow. The idea behind it was simple. The children were tasked with replicating a musical instrument using some cardboard and a Makey … Continue reading Makey Makey Cardboard Guitars
This weekend I've had a fabulous time at the Scratch Europe Conference in Cambridge, UK. It's been an amazing experience. From the people I've seen, to the new and inventive ideas I've seen for using Scratch in the classroom. The mix of educators from all over the world made for an exciting and vibrant event … Continue reading Makey Makey Interactive Storybooks
I'm sure that if you've seen my blog before you've seen that I have a bit of an obsession with cardboard. We seem to have a constant stream of Amazon or Wish parcels arriving at our house (nothing to do with me I'm sure), and with them comes lovely lovely cardboard! It never gets thrown … Continue reading Microbit Maze Run
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
Creating and developing gamers with #MakeyMakey boards.
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