Introduction to Scratch in KS2 computing

24/11/21,
09:30
- 11:30
KS2
Computing subject leaders, Teachers
Virtual

Scratch can be a great way to teach computing in KS2 and is well suited to blended learning; however, it can take some getting used to. This session is designed to give teachers the confidence and understanding to get the most out of Scratch. We will begin with the basics: getting to grips with the drag-and-drop programming interface as well as the key concepts that underpin computer science. We will discuss ways pupils can progress and think about different project ideas that can form the basis of classroom activities. In addition, teachers will be given the opportunity to review some of our favourite activities and teaching resources, including materials from the EEF-funded ScratchMaths research project.

Introduction to Scratch in KS2 computing

"It has given me teaching ideas to explore further and as a Head rather than Computing Lead (though I will be both for a while next year!) it is good it get some insight into the role of Computing Lead."

Headteacher,
London Christian School

"I have had the best morning for ages -really stimulating and useful and it has reminded me how much I don't know and want to learn more about. Thank you so much."

Inclusion advisor (ex computing subject leader),
Croydon Local Authority

"Comfortable open discussion, led by the needs of those attending. Loads of useful resources available."

Computing subject leader,
St Leonard's C of E Primary

"Having the expertise of Sarah Horrocks and Louise Wade and their confident specialist delivery. Their links with schools who are already using online tools and the timely nature of the course during lockdown supported me and inspired me enormously. I immediately shared with my Deputy Headteacher and SLT and with another Senior Leader in Lambeth who has shared with her Manager about the outstanding work that CLC does. "

Class teacher, Selhurst & Crosfield Nursery School Croydon

"CPD offered is always of a high-quality and it always enhances the attendee’s ability to further their understanding or pedagogy of a subject or focus area. "

School Business Manager,
The Cathedral School of St Saviour and St Mary Overie

"The CLC always ensure the content of their CPD and workshops is current, engaging and robust; challenging the objectives of the National Curriculum and ensuring that we as teachers give children the experiences they deserve and the opportunity to become digital learners "

Computing subject leader,
Telferscot Primary School

"Our staff, across the curriculum, have gained knowledge and expertise which has made their role easier in terms of time and technological strategies to enhance learning in their subject."

Deputy head and computing subject leader,
St Jude’s CofE Primary

Having attended this programme, teachers will:

  • know how to use and teach Scratch
  • understand the relevance of Scratch in the computing curriculum
  • be aware of a range of resources that support teaching and learning with Scratch.

Upcoming CPD

New to subject leadership in primary computing: Session 1
New to subject leadership in primary computing: Session 1

This programme is designed for primary teachers who have recently taken on responsibilities and leadership for technology and computing. It will cover curriculum planning, tools and resources, methods for supporting colleagues and progression and assessment. Colleagues will be expected to attend all three sessions. The third session will be held in a school and will include classroom visits.

Further details for sessions 2 and 3 to follow:

Session 2: 9.30-11.30am Thursday 27 January (virtual)

Session 3: TBC (in person)

12/10/21,
09:30
- 11:30
KS1, KS2
Computing subject leaders, Headteachers...
Primary modern foreign languages forum: Using technology for teaching and learning
Primary modern foreign languages forum: Using technology for teaching and learning

This session is for languages (MFL) subject leaders or anyone involved in the coordinating or teaching of languages. The forum will give teachers the opportunity to learn about curriculum updates and how digital tools can support blended learning. Teachers will also discuss the latest developments in primary languages and share their expertise and experiences. The discussion will be followed by a CLC-led practical session that will demonstrate how digital technology can be used to aid language learning.

19/10/21,
09:30
- 11:30
KS1, KS2
Subject leaders, Teachers...
Primary maths forum: Using technology for teaching and learning
Primary maths forum: Using technology for teaching and learning

The maths forum provides an opportunity for maths subject leaders to share their expertise and investigate new opportunities for digital technologies to support maths teaching and learning in class and online at home. The forum combines discussion with colleagues about school-wide progress in mathematics, with hands-on activities led by a CLC teacher, demonstrating how technology can be used to support maths. Activities will include programming in Scratch 3, which offers a practical way to illustrate and explore key mathematical concepts such as shape, space, position and direction.

03/11/21,
09:30
- 11:30
KS1, KS2
Subject leaders, Teachers...
Digital security briefing for schools
Digital security briefing for schools

This briefing for senior leaders and other relevant school staff will explore issues and requirements that schools are facing in the light of new technologies and legislation, including cyber and network security, data and information security and requirements of KCSIE Annex C online safety measures. The session will help schools understand their responsibilities in demonstrating a reasonable duty of care and providing a safe and secure digital environment to all users, including consideration of remote learning and remote working issues.

09/11/21,
09:30
- 11:30
EYFS, KS1, KS2
Business leaders, Computing subject leaders...

Upcoming Special projects

The News Project
25/11/21,
09:30
- 14:25
KS2

Special project in collaboration with First News Education

For a third year, building on two successful previous projects, we are once again partnering with the children’s newspaper First News, fellow member of the national Making Sense of Media and News Literacy networks. This special project with a literacy, PSHE and citizenship, as well as computing focus, highlights our specialist interest in this important aspect of digital and critical literacy.

The News Project will enable participating classes from year 5 to immerse themselves in news and current affairs using First News and the Bett award-winning First News iHUB, which will be provided free of charge during the school-based part of the project over a six week period. Under the guidance of their teacher, pupils will be supported in their development as a community of fully informed news readers. Classes will test their new critical skills and knowledge in the culminating virtual celebration event which will include a news competition and team-based critical literacy and editorial activities. After the event, schools will be able to use the resources from the day in their school.

The project will launch with an introductory CPD session for teachers to set the context, demonstrate resources and to plan for the school-based activities. 

Initial CPD session - Thursday 21st October 4pm-5.00pm. 

Project work undertaken in school - October and November.

Special event - Thursday 25th November 9.30am-2.45pm.

Upcoming CPD

New to subject leadership in primary computing: Session 1
New to subject leadership in primary computing: Session 1

This programme is designed for primary teachers who have recently taken on responsibilities and leadership for technology and computing. It will cover curriculum planning, tools and resources, methods for supporting colleagues and progression and assessment. Colleagues will be expected to attend all three sessions. The third session will be held in a school and will include classroom visits.

Further details for sessions 2 and 3 to follow:

Session 2: 9.30-11.30am Thursday 27 January (virtual)

Session 3: TBC (in person)

12/10/21,
09:30
- 11:30
KS1, KS2
Computing subject leaders, Headteachers...
Primary modern foreign languages forum: Using technology for teaching and learning
Primary modern foreign languages forum: Using technology for teaching and learning

This session is for languages (MFL) subject leaders or anyone involved in the coordinating or teaching of languages. The forum will give teachers the opportunity to learn about curriculum updates and how digital tools can support blended learning. Teachers will also discuss the latest developments in primary languages and share their expertise and experiences. The discussion will be followed by a CLC-led practical session that will demonstrate how digital technology can be used to aid language learning.

19/10/21,
09:30
- 11:30
KS1, KS2
Subject leaders, Teachers...

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