NEW – Delve in, for twelve min! – Part 7: Variables

In the ‘Online CPD’ section of this website, you’ll be able to access all of my short CPD YouTube videos on the primary computing curriculum.

This latest episodes tells you all you need to know about variables; what they are, how they work and how to teach them. I give some examples of variables in action using Scratch and some guidance on good practice on how to set them up within a project.

Please share this with your primary school teacher friends and let me have any feedback or suggestions.

All resources used in this video can be found on Phil Wickins Scratch Projects page

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:

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.

Spread the word!

Physical Computing – Crumble Creations continued!

Remember I posted about these amazing year 6 crumble creations a while back? I did promise to show you more that were coming. Well take a look at these!

All of these were thought up, designed, built, wired and programmed by my amazing Year 6 students in Bitterne Manor Primary. I’m just so grateful for having the opportunity to have taught them computing from the beginning of Year 5, getting them to this stage where they can apply all of their programming and CAD skills, not to mention be ultra resilient and creative!

Proud teacher moment!

(If you can’t remember, Crumble Creations Part 1 is here!)


Did you know that there is currently a wave of training being offered to teachers on the computing curriculum? What’s more, some of you can actually get on it for free! (Or at least the heavily subsidised cost of only £35 each)

Part of my role as Subject Matter Expert for the NCCE (National Centre for Computing Education) is to promote training that is being rolled out in an effort to raise quality and consistency of computing teaching and learning across the UK. Primary Computing CAD Training

My target area is all around the South Coast; if you are a teacher in a primary school and haven’t been offered this training, please get in touch with me straight away.

If you wish to browse courses that are available to you, or get your head teacher to sign you up and book you on, please visit the NCCE website.

If the training is on a date that you cannot make, please let me know as I can possibly arrange further training courses to commence anytime from now until October.

Please spread the word to all your primary and secondary colleagues; get back to me if you have any questions or suggestions!

Remember, even if you’re a primary school teacher but don’t teach computing, you soon may be required to! Plus, any training is great for your CPD…

Primary Teachers! Scratch Practice…

Just for fun, but also to develop your Scratch skills, why don’t you join the competition/ collaboration and get Scratchin? Create a game that fits the brief, then have a look at the other entires. Whose game is the best? What skills did you learn? Whose code did you admire?

Follow all the action here! Started on Twitter:

So I’ve set up a ‘Studio’ for the first brief, which is this:

Theme: Space, style: collection game (where you have to collect stuff around the screen), difficulty: enemies trying to stop you. I know it’s a bit cliche, but see how we go!).

When you’ve made your game, post it up in this Scratch Studio

Here is my attempt! Check it out, it’s imaginatively called ‘Space Junk Collector

Run Don't Walk Primary Computing Scratch Screenshot

Have fun y’all!

Crumble Creations Update!

Just wanted you all to see these, some more fabulous projects by my fabulous Year 6s, entirely planned, designed, built, wired and coded by them!

This just in!!!

ScratchUp! Featured in ‘Hello World’ Magazine

I am privileged to have had my ScratchUp! ideas published in an article in the popular (and free!) magazine for computing and digital educators!

ScratchUp Hello World Primary Computing

(Hello World) Issue 7 (Spring Term 2019) has just been released (Click on the link blow for a free PDF download) and ScratchUp! features on pages 70, 71 and 72. Or you can subscribe for a free copy of the magazine itself once a term if you are an educator…

(Hello World) Issue 7 (Spring Term 2019) – ScratchUp! Page 70 – Download Free PDF

Hello World Primary Computing

To see these projects live and in action, and also download all the resources mentioned in the article, visit my ScratchUp! Page.

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