Health & Wellbeing Conference 2019

I had the absolute pleasure of delivering 4 training sessions to PGCE and Schools Direct students at Southampton University, at their annual Health and Wellbeing conference – 10th Anniversary.

The morning lectures were on online safety, which I titled ‘Internet City; helping children navigate a safe and healthy path’. We covered everything from content and conduct, to testing and checking reliable sources of information.

The afternoon workshops were also about children’s online activity, but specifically how to engage parents. I strongly believe that our best line of defence against cyber bullying and keeping our pupils safe online is to bring parents on board through meaningful and supportive contact. This is a brand new workshop that I’ve developed recently and this was the first time I’ve delivered it. I’m very pleased to say it went really well and had both secondary and primary trainee teachers engaged and inspired.

The conference as a whole was a huge success, as it is every year. My only wish is that it could be expanded to include all teachers, not just trainees. I truly think that even the most experienced practitioners could benefit from the wealth of knowledge, techniques and up to date information regarding all aspects of pupil’s mental and physical health (as well as some very good tips for teacher’s wellbeing!).

If you are a parent reading this, or a teacher who would like to give advice to parents on the aspect of online safety, then this booklet is extremely useful. You can download it for free as a PDF, or I believe you can also order some for free for your school. Some absolutely brilliant advice and very interesting stats!

Digital Parenting by Vodafone and ParentZone

STEM – Associate Facilitator

I’m very proud to have received my certificate and pin to show that I am officially a STEM associate facilitator! So far I’ve delivered five courses for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 teachers, from Teaching and Leading Computing to Programming and Algorithms.

As the role of the NCCE (National Centre for Computing Education) develops to further support schools, my role will also change to include both CPD and supporting teachers by offering planning and curriculum advice, team teaching experiences, support with overviews and developing computing skills progression.

Please get in touch if this is something you think would benefit your school; there are heavily subsidised rates for schools in certain areas, particularly Portsmouth, Isle of Wight, Gosport and other areas of Hampshire.

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: teachcomputing.org

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!

Itchy Bytes: Scratch Starters!

My new “Delve in, for twelve min!” video features three new Scratch projects (Which you can download for free from TES here: Itchy Bytes: Quick Starters, Lessons, Plenaries in coding), designed as starters, plenaries, or you could even stretch them out into a full lesson. 

As the Autumn term draws to an end, I’ve found these particularly helpful when pupils need a short activity (you know, for when you’re waiting to be called to the hall for their part in the Christmas Production??). Each project reinforces the concepts of sequence, selection and repetition, whilst encouraging them to thing logically and predict/test what each block of code does. AND they’re really fun.

Watch the video for a demonstration…

Give them a try, let me know how you get on!


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