Southampton (and beyond) Schools! – Free Crumble Training

That’s right! If you are in a state school in Southampton or the surrounding area, then book now for free Crumble training on Thursday 23rd June 2022. I am facilitating the official face to face NCCE short course, titled: Introduction to Physical Computing. I will provide Redfern’s Crumble kit and a computer with Crumble software installed for each participant to use during the course.

Please choose which session you want to book on to, and use the links below – limited places available!

(Sometimes the times appear wrong on the STEM website, please note the proper times as written below the course will be 2 hours long)

1:00 – 3pm – Introduction to Physical Computing with Phil Wickins – Bassett Green Primary School

3:45 – 5:45pm – Introduction to Physical Computing with Phil Wickins – Bassett Green Primary School

Click on the image for directions to Bassett Green Primary School

For more information on Physical Computing (which is usually taught in Year 5/6) and the Crumble kit, including pupil examples, then please see my Physical Computing page.

Physical Computing Training REMOTE

Finally! A remote Crumble course!

You have been asking for a while now for me to run some Physical Computing courses remotely, for those of you who have Crumble kits already in your school. I’m pleased to let you know that on Thursday 9th December I will be doing just that!

I’m going to run 2 free courses so you can choose which time slot works best for you, please use the following links to book on:

Crumble For Beginners – Primary Computing CPD: Remote Thursday 9th December 1pm – 3pm

Crumble For Beginners – Primary Computing CPD: Remote Thursday 9th December 3:30pm – 5:30pm

This course takes you from the most basic level of what Physical Computing is, right the way through to wiring and coding a physical robotic system. I will give you hints and tips, share best practice with how to engage, support and challenge your pupils, and give you lots of free resources to take away and use straight away.


Please be aware that this is a remote course, so to participate successfully, you will need the following:

A Crumble kit (I will be using the starter kit from Redfern, plus a pair of motors and wheels)

A computer (must have USB port) with Redfern’s Crumble Software on it (which can run on PC, Mac and Chromebooks)

A printed template of my Origami Crumble Cart

Coloured felt tips – red, black, green, yellow, scissors, pencil and a blob of bluetack.

I will most likely be using Google Meet to deliver this training.

Do you know origami?

I look forward to seeing you online!

If you want to read more about Physical Computing and see some pupil examples, please have a look at my Physical Computing page…

Physical Computing KS2: Crumble Training – January 2022

Two opportunities to attend the TeachComputing Crumble course for KS2 (aimed at Y5 and Y6 teachers):

Tuesday 18th January, Queen Anne’s School in Reading – 1pm – 3pm

Tuesday 18th January, Queen Anne’s School in Reading – 4pm – 6pm

About the course:

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

Physical Computing: Where do I start?

Physical computing involves programming digital devices to sense and interact with the world – an engaging alternative to screen-only activity. It touches upon many areas of the computing curriculum, bringing subject knowledge and programming skills to engaging and enjoyable classroom activities.

The Crumble Controller is an easy-to-use programmable device, ideal for physical computing in primary schools. It is capable of driving two motors. With 4 input / output terminals, children can connect LEDs, switches and other interesting add-ons.

During this CPD you’ll explore how Crumble can be used in the classroom, with blocks of code ‘snapping’ together in an easy-to-use, Scratch-like environment suitable for key stage 2. You’ll find out how to setup the device, how to make use of input and output terminals and explore how to use the device with children. The CPD will help you gain confidence in teaching using Crumble, and the free Teach Computing Curriculum.

The National Centre for Computing Education has developed a Crumble physical computing kit that can be borrowed from your local Computing Hub, following your CPD.

Who is it for?

This course is aimed at classroom teacher and subject leaders of computing, looking to develop physical computing approaches in the KS2 classroom.

How will you learn?

Hands-on experiential learning with the collaborative support of your peers, led by an experienced facilitator. The course will model teaching approaches that can be taken back to the classroom.

How long is the course?

This course consists of one 2 hour session.

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

Year 5 Crumble Creations – 2021

My fabulous Year 5 pupils have been busy applying their skills and knowledge to design their own robotic systems!

Following the 4 levels of abstraction (see below for links on my approach to physical computing), they have gone from design algorithm…


To coding…


To building and wiring…


To finally running the code and evaluating!!


I am so proud of them and their creativity!! Let’s hope this inspires pupils and teachers across the world!

If you’d like to read more and see other examples of pupil’s Crumble creations, please take a look at my approach to teaching Physical Computing.

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