Author Archives: Neil Rickus

Free Primary Computing scheme of work

After speaking to a newly appointed Computing co-ordinator last night, she asked for examples of how other schools approach the curriculum. One example scheme of work (SOW), which a school I’ve previously worked with has successfully adopted, can be found here – Computing Champions Curriculum It includes a yearly overview, plus plans for each year group, which are split into individual terms.

Let me know if you find it useful 🙂

 

Primary physical computing event for CAS East

Thanks to everyone who attended the session this afternoon.

The slides used during the session can be found here

Crumble – SlidesConnecting LEDs Robot Challenge

BBC micro:bit – 2 options – Adam’s resources for Y7 (suitable for Y5/6) – https://sites.google.com/site/year7microbit2015/home/page-1 or Neil’s micro:bit for primary schools site – http://mb4ps.co.uk/resources (download the “Main lessons” PowerPoints)

Pibrella (with Raspberry Pi) – pibrella-for-pi

Picoboard – http://www.picocricket.com/picoboard.html

Sphero – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1Wnb7zqb6Y

Lego WeDo 2.0 – https://education.lego.com/en-us/products/lego-education-wedo-2-0-core-set/45300 (We used the tutorials built into the software)

CodeBug – http://www.codebug.org.uk/gettingstarted/

Probot – NR ProBot Activities

Raspberry Pi micro:bit drop in session

I was honoured to be given the opportunity to run a micro:bit with Raspberry Pi drop in sessions at the Raspberry Pi 5th birthday party event this weekend.The PDF hand outs used can be found below. Feel free to share and modify as you please!

Beginner – microbit drop in- beginner

Intermediate – microbit drop in- intermediate (a solution to the Step Counter problem can be found on my GitHub page https://github.com/nrickus/microbitstepcounter)

Advanced – microbit drop in- advanced – Once the Raspberry Pi camera is connected and enabled, the advanced tasks follow Raspberry Pi’s own tutorial here

Presenting for the British Council in Serbia

Over the past few days, I joined a number of fellow Computing educators, including Miles Berry, Phil Bagge and Mark Martin (AKA Urban Teacher), at the New Technologies in Education Show, which was organised by the British Council in Serbia.

I delivered two presentations, which can be found here:

Physical Computing in the Primary Classroom

What to do when they’ve had too much Scratch?

There’s also lots of images being Tweeted about, with some of the less embarrassing ones shown below…

Article in Hello World magazine

Raspberry Pi and Computing at School launched their new “Hello world magazine” at the BETT show this week. The magazine’s website is here and there’s an article by myself, which can be found on pg. 44, comparing the UK curriculum with Exploring Computer Science’s curriculum, which is increasingly used in schools across the USA.