Primary Computing Training: Free online ‘3D Design & CAD’ workshop

Primary Teachers! Join this workshop to get some hands on experience using Sketchup, a free 3D design tool used in the DT curriculum for CAD, and in the computing curriculum to add to the variety of software pupils use.

Book on via Park House Computing Hub: Wednesday 8th December, 3:30 – 5pm, Sketchup and 3D Design

To successfully participate in this training, participants need access to Sketchup. You can either use Sketchup online, or download the free version Sketchup 2017 ‘make’

About the course…

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.

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 Training: Free online ‘Scratch Programming’ workshop

What a great session! We had 41 in the room at one point. Thank you so much you lovely teachers for getting involved and being so interactive! Please don’t forget to sign up to get your free computing support from your local computing hub, and make sure you have the resources from the Scratch Session G Drive Folder.

Primary Teachers! Join this online workshop to gain subject knowledge around teaching programming using Scratch; get to know the Scratch environment further including the use of variables, ‘make a block’, vector vs bitmap and all the latest hints and tips.

Book on via Park House Computing Hub: Wednesday 24th November. 3:30 – 5pm, Scratch Programming Workshop

Participants need access to Scratch Online

and to download the worksheet here:

TeachMeet – free online networking and advice for Primary Computing

A date for your diary for schools that fall under the Park House Computing Hub (or beyond if you wish!), covering: Portsmouth, Gosport, Basingstoke, Newbury, Bracknell, Reading).

Wednesday September 22nd 2021: join myself and other experts for networking, advice, guidance and to share best practice in your computing curriculum.

Click here for more info: TeachMeet – Primary Computing Remote Session, hosted by Park House Computing Hub.

See you there!

Primary Physical Computing Training – Crumble in KS2

I had the honour of authoring the KS2 Physical Computing course for the NCCE over the Spring and got to deliver the course for the first time this summer term!

Getting to grips with the Crumble
Build, wire, code, watch!


The course aims to introduce teachers to the Crumble micro controller; a lovely piece of kit that is so open ended, pupils can create all kinds of robotic autonomous systems.

If you are interested in booking yourself on the course, have a look to see if there are any in your area:

Teach Computing: Introduction to Physical Computing – KS2 Crumble

If you want to know more in general about Physical Computing, have a look at my blog post:

Physical Computing: Where do I start?

Apart from having a lot to squeeze in to a short amount of time, the course was a great success and the participants (teachers from KS2 and KS3!) left with confidence to begin delivering physical computing lessons with their classes.

There will be more of these courses put on in the very near future; there will also be the opportunity to loan (for free) a class set of Crumble kits for your school from your local computing hub. Click here for more information: NCCE Physical Computing Kits for free hire

Free Primary Computing Festival 9th July

Book on here: Free Primary Computing Festival 9th July

On Friday 9th July, the West Country Computing Hub will be launching it’s Festival of Computing. A one-day, online conference for primary teachers from across the South West.Whether you’re leading computing in your school, or are new to the subject, the conference will cater for those in different positions with their provision of computing, with content for both key stage 1 and 2 teachers.


Free to attend, all content will be recorded and available for delegates to access after the event, providing the scope to revisit and focus on key concepts, or catch up on sessions you were unable to join.
With various strands to choose from, including coding, online safety and cross-curricular computing, teachers will be able to choose a pathway of workshops that is best suited to their individual needs and continuing professional development priorities.


It is our intention, to provide a wealth of inspiration for primary teachers to take back to their own classrooms!

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