CAD (Computer Aided Design) remote learning CPD

Wednesday 24th June, 5pm- 7pm, £25

This course was a great success, here’s one tweet about it:

Primary Computing CAD Sketchup Car
Example of Year 5 pupil Sketchup Car

Due to popular demand, I’m delivering some online training for how to use, and get the best out of, 3D design software in Primary Schools. I’m going to be using Sketchup which is a powerful (and free!) tool which can either be downloaded and installed, or used within a browser (note: online use required an email sign up).

The cost is £25 for the 2 hour evening session, and you can sign up via Park House School CPD Network or by clicking on the flyer:

Primary Computing Run Don't Walk Training - CAD (Sketchup)
Run Don’t Walk Training – CAD (Sketchup) – Click on flyer to sign up

Using Computer Aided/Assisted Design (CAD) in primary schools is often overlooked. In KS2 especially, CAD usually and disappointingly results in pupils merely printing a 2D net, or creating a poster to advertise a product.

Primary Computing CAD Sketchup Cow Plan
A Year 6 design in Sketchup for their Crumble Robot

This session will reveal how true 3D product design is achievable (and free!) not just for the DT curriculum, but also to serve in background/ sprite design within Computing as well as helping to meet the requirement of pupils needing to be able to select and use a wide range of software for specific purposes.

Using Sketchup Make 2017 (free for users within education), this session will cover creating basic 3D models, annotating, creating scale models with measurements, creating 2D images of these models as multi-viewpoint plans and cross sectional diagrams.

Primary Computing Santas Workshop CAD Sketchup
Year 4 Sketchup design for Santa’s North Pole Complex

Pupils should be taught to: select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information

National Curriculum – Computing KS2

Pupils should be taught to: generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design

National Curriculum – Design Technology KS2

KS1 and KS2 training in specialist computing areas

Primary Computing remote CPD courses
Primary Computing Remote CPD Courses

Phil Bagge and I are delivering remote training sessions on some of the more niche areas of the computing curriculum. From Physical Computing to 3D design, take you pick in this quality (yet cheap – only £40) training opportunity.

Download the PDF flyer below and you can click on each course title to book on.

For even more CPD opportunities in both primary and secondary, please visit:

Park House School CPD Network – remote and online training

Free CPD in Primary Computing

There is a new wave of primary and secondary CPD, free for teachers in state schools in England, being released by the NCCE. For a full catalogue of courses you can book on to, please head to www.teachcomputing.org

Here are the courses that I am running, hosted by Park House Computing Hub. Click on the flyer to book on…

Primary Computing - NCCE Programming and Algorithms Course - May 2020
Primary Computing – NCCE Programming and Algorithms Course – May 2020
Primary Computing - NCCE Programming and Algorithms Course - June 2020
Primary Computing – NCCE Programming and Algorithms Course – June 2020
Primary Computing - NCCE Programming and Algorithms Course - July 2020
Primary Computing – NCCE Programming and Algorithms Course – July 2020

I’ve been delivering the Primary Programming and Algorithms course remotely since lockdown; here is some feedback from some of my delegates:

Now I feel more confident with teaching the various skills required for primary computing; I cannot wait to apply what I have learnt in the classroom! Thank you so much!

KS1 Teacher

Learned loads more about Scratch – definitely feeling a lot more confident in terms of teaching from the algorithm stage to then applying it to the coding with the selection aspects! Was also a great laugh connecting with others in these isolated times! Thanks so much – got loads of great ideas to use in the classroom!

KS2 Teacher

Feeling much more confident to teach selection and variables. I think the practical classroom activities will prove really useful to introduce algorithms and programming within my own class. As an NQT this is something that I will take forward and implement in my classroom as as soon as possible 🙂

NQT

Thank you Phil! I’ve never learnt through remote access before but have  enjoyed it so much. I now need to ‘play’ with Scratch and learn for myself. You have gone above and beyond to answer questions and provide support for us and share your valuable resources.

Deputy Head

Final call for free Primary Computing training

Dear primary colleagues, there are still spaces left on the NCCE ‘Programming and Algorithms in Primary Computing’ course that Park House Computing Hub are hosting, before the NCCE review their remote learning process in May. It is unknown what the remote learning will look like after the end of April.

I’m delivering this one day course in the second week of the Easter Holidays, and splitting it into 4 x 2 hour sessions (across Tuesday 14th and the Friday 17th, 10am -12, then 1pm – 3pm). All the other courses I’m running in April are fully booked, so please hurry!

The course is FREE for any primary school teacher, teaching in a state school in England. Simply book on using the link at the bottom of this page.

This is the same course I ran last week with 17 delegates, which was a tremendous success. Here are some testimonials:

I have thoroughly enjoyed this morning’s training. Easy to follow and great trainer. Because I haven’t used scratch before I found it hard to do the activities myself but it was useful being able to watch you do them step by step. 

Computing subject lead on Programming and Algorithms in Primary Computing course, facilitated by Phil Wickins

Thank you Phil! I’ve never learnt through remote access before but have  enjoyed it so much. I now need to ‘play’ with Scratch and learn for myself. You have gone above and beyond to answer questions and provide support for us and share your valuable resources. Keep safe and look after you and your family.

Assistant Head Teacher on Programming and Algorithms in Primary Computing course, facilitated by Phil Wickins

Feeling much more confident to teach selection and variables. I think the practical classroom activities will prove really useful to introduce algorithms and programming within my own class. As an NQT this is something that I will take forward and implement in my classroom as soon as possible 🙂

NQT on Programming and Algorithms in Primary Computing course, facilitated by Phil Wickins

Course details and booking is below. I hope to see you there on Tuesday!!

Programming and Algorithms for Primary Computing – Facilitated by Phil Wickins

primary computing NCCE Teach Computing

Digital Parenting Workshops

Digital Parenting Workshop Primary Computing Run Don't Walk
Digital Parenting Workshop at the University of Southampton Parent and Carer Network

I had the privilege of delivering a lunchtime workshop on digital parenting to the University of Southampton Parent and Carer Network today. We had some excellent questions and good discussions about how to navigate our young digital natives on a safe and healthy path through the online world.

I’ll be delivering more of these sessions soon, keep up to date on Twitter: @PhilWickins

Health & Wellbeing Conference 2019

I had the absolute pleasure of delivering 4 training sessions to PGCE and Schools Direct students at Southampton University, at their annual Health and Wellbeing conference – 10th Anniversary.

The morning lectures were on online safety, which I titled ‘Internet City; helping children navigate a safe and healthy path’. We covered everything from content and conduct, to testing and checking reliable sources of information.

The afternoon workshops were also about children’s online activity, but specifically how to engage parents. I strongly believe that our best line of defence against cyber bullying and keeping our pupils safe online is to bring parents on board through meaningful and supportive contact. This is a brand new workshop that I’ve developed recently and this was the first time I’ve delivered it. I’m very pleased to say it went really well and had both secondary and primary trainee teachers engaged and inspired.

The conference as a whole was a huge success, as it is every year. My only wish is that it could be expanded to include all teachers, not just trainees. I truly think that even the most experienced practitioners could benefit from the wealth of knowledge, techniques and up to date information regarding all aspects of pupil’s mental and physical health (as well as some very good tips for teacher’s wellbeing!).

If you are a parent reading this, or a teacher who would like to give advice to parents on the aspect of online safety, then this booklet is extremely useful. You can download it for free as a PDF, or I believe you can also order some for free for your school. Some absolutely brilliant advice and very interesting stats!

Digital Parenting by Vodafone and ParentZone

Primary Computing Training – Autumn Term Dates (South)

If you work in a primary or secondary school, you should now be aware that there is a wealth of training available on the computing curriculum from the NCCE (National Centre for Computing Education). Some of it is available online, face to face or cluster/ conference meetings. You can find courses near you on the Teach Computing website.

I am promoting and delivering training for primary schools in the South, in particular schools in Portsmouth and Gosport. I’m happy to announce that we have just finalised the dates for KS1 and KS2 training for the Autumn term, in September and October. They are as follows:

11th September – Teaching and Leading KS1 Computing – day 1
17th September –  Teaching and Leading KS2 Computing – day 1  
25th September – Primary Programming and Algorithms
2nd October –  Teaching and Leading KS1 Computing – day 2  
3rd October –  Teaching and Leading KS2 Computing – day 2  

All hosted at Portsmouth University: 4th floor of the Future Technology Centre. 9.30 start 9am for tea/coffee and pastries .

Register and book here: teachcomputing.org

Please download this flyer, which has links embedded into the title of each course that will take you straight through to the booking area.

Please remember we offer one free place to each primary school in Portsmouth and Gosport, on each course. A further £100 per day bursary is payable to the school, on successful completion of the CPD.

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