Primary Computing Training: Free online ‘Scratch Programming’ workshop

Join this FREE 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 16th February, 3:30 – 5:30pm Scratch Session

Participants need access to Scratch Online

and to download the worksheet here:

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

Join this FREE 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: Thursday 24th March, 3:30 – 5:30pm Sketchup CAD Course

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 ‘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:

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…

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