Our Winter Computing Conference is coming up on Tuesday 6th December, our theme is cross- curricular computing. Computing is full of cross-curricular ideas, like perseverance, problem solving and creativity. We also think that computing makes most sense when it is in context. Other subject areas can give this context.

Each workshop at the conference will focus on a different curriculum area and we will show lots of practical examples of cross-curricular activities.

There are still a few places left, email [email protected] to book. Free for SLA schools and £95 outside of the SLA.

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London Connected Learning Centre

Primary computing conference

9am – 3.30pm, Tuesday 6th December

London Connected Learning Centre, SW4 0EL

Theme: Cross-curricular computing

Computing is full of cross-curricular ideas, like perseverance, problem solving and creativity. We also think that computing makes most sense when it is in context. Other subject areas can give this context.

Each workshop at the conference will focus on a different curriculum area. We will show lots of practical examples of cross-curricular activities.

Workshop descriptions

Workshop set 1


  • Computing and English
    The technology can inspire young people to read and write. We will show how schools are using digital platforms, like class blogs,  to celebrate reading. We will look at how pupils can use digital media to explore narrative and how digital writing can be used to help children engage with different mediums, like poetry. We also use VR headsets to see how this emerging technology can capture the imagination.
  • Computing and DT with electronics
    In this session we will show how the design cycle (design, make, and evaluate) can be used in practical technology projects. We will use simple 3D design tools, and link our creations to electronic components, like LEDs , to create programmable objects.


Workshop set 2 


  • Computing and science (data)
    Big data drives modern scientific discovery. We will show how primary pupils can gather data with data loggers and practise data handling using graphing tools and branching databases. Understanding data is also a key part of pupil’s digital literacy. Pupils must be able to read data to understand changes in the world.
  • Computing and music
    Computing and music both explore patterns. In music we annotate scores, whilst in computing we code algorithms.  This session  will show how all pupils can use technology to compose music, using tools like Soundtrap, Isle of Tunes, and Mad Pad. We also look at how music can shape other digital work, like using music in films and computer games.


Workshop set 3 


  • Computing and maths
    Computers can make abstract mathematical ideas concrete, by giving children examples of how these ideas work in practice. This session will show a range of resources teachers can use to make these links. We will look at specific examples of that relate to geometry and number for all ages of primary pupils.


Computing and art
The divide between art and computing is a myth. Fine artists are increasingly exploring digital media, fashion designers are generating digital fabric prints, and theatre directors are using video content. This session explores the links between art and computing and provides practical examples of how this can be done in class.

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Upcoming CPD

Summer primary school computing conference
Summer primary school computing conference

This event will build upon the Autumn computing conference by inviting subject leaders to reflect on their year in the role, sharing their successes and challenges. It will also introduce new ideas, tools and approaches through talks and practical activities led by members of the CLC team, with opportunities for attendees to share their own expertise and experience. Over the course of the conference activities will touch on the three main areas of the computing curriculum: computer science, digital literacy and information technology. We will also feature advice and examples illustrating the use of technology to support blended learning.

- 15:30
Computing subject leaders, Teachers...
Creative Arts, Digital and children – CLC meets More Than Robots online
Creative Arts, Digital and children - CLC meets More Than Robots online

Combining forces for the first time, the Connected Learning Centre and More Than Robots have created a session for teachers, youth organisations, researchers and policymakers interested in the digital provision of creative arts for primary aged pupils.


The Play Observatory - Prof. John Potter

“In their own words”: Westminster Abbey & CLC digital projects - Sian Shaw

Building (and maintaining) a city-wide primary arts curriculum to raise attainment - Kate Fellows

More to be added soon

This interactive and inclusive meet up will include inspiring examples of how technology can be used to support learning in music, visual art and drama in person and online at home drawing on our experiences as Tate Exchange associates and our partnership work with a range of cultural institutions.

This informal event is an opportunity to discuss real examples of what does/doesn’t work, meet colleagues from other sectors working on similar challenges and share useful research, news or updates

The morning will include case study presentations (details below) followed by a Q&A. There will also be an opportunity for a rapid sharing round for launches, project updates or requests for help and a short break to avoid zoom brain drain.

- 11:30
KS1, KS2
Subject leaders, Teachers...

Upcoming Special projects

The News Project
- 14:25

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.

The Garden Museum

The CLC is once again partnering with the Garden Museum to offer a partnership project for KS1 pupils (primarily suited to Yr2). Located next to Lambeth Palace on the bank of the Thames, the museum has an inspiring collection that provides the ideal stimulus for young learners to explore the world around them.

Pupils will use technology alongside the museum’s collection to explore the wonderful world of seeds.

  • How are they planted?
  • How do they spread?
  • What is inside them?

 The Garden Museum has a large collection of seeds and tools that pupils will engage with.

These half-day sessions will take place at the Garden Museum.

There is a limited number of dates available, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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