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

3D Printers in Primary

(Meva the robot – Photo courtesy of Portsmouth News)

CAD (Computer Aided Design) is part of the KS2 Design Technology curriculum and in my opinion, should be taught to reflect the current industry standard, which includes 3D design. I use Sketchup (Sketchup Make 2017 is still free and available as an offline install) in the classroom from Y3 upwards.

The natural progression is to then move onto CAM (Computer Aided Manufacture), which isn’t mentioned until the KS3 curriculum. However, some primary schools are lucky enough to have a 3D printer on site. One of the schools I work at has just been donated one by a local company!

I think having this technology available at primary level really opens up opportunities and gives pupils a headstart in terms of realising what they can create and understanding the potential of building ‘something out of nothing but the ideas in your head’ (My year 6’s words).

Suffice to say, we are loving it, and I’m extremely excited to start straight back after half term on a unit of CAD and CAM, let’s see what they can do!

Read the full article about Gatcombe Park Primary School receiving the 3D printer on Portsmouth News here.

Here it is, complete with a picture showing that I am an actual for real giant, in the paper itself:

Portsmouth News Oct 2019 - Primary Computing Run Don't Walk

ScratchUp inspiration!


A colleague who attended my workshop on Computer Aided Design at the National Computing at School Conference 2018 has tweeted his pupil’s work based on my ‘ScratchUp‘ ideas (Combining 3D design on Sketchup, with Scratch programming).


Needless to say, I’m well impressed and honoured to have had such an impact!

Keep ’em coming!


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