Articles and Blogs Elsewhere on the Web

As well as uploading my own resources and sharing my ideas on this site, I also write elsewhere on the web. As a TES Subject Genius, I write regularly for the TES Computing blog. These articles can be found here. I have also written for Google's┬áTeaching for Tomorrow hub on the TES. This article can... Continue Reading →

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Minecraft Across The Primary Curriculum – Primary Computing Festival Presentation

Today I have been talking at the West Country Computing Hub's Primary Computing Festival all about how my school use Minecraft across the primary curriculum. I've attached a PDF of my slides (to keep my Minecraft fonts intact!) and you can see QR codes for a range of links to helpful websites and videos I... Continue Reading →

BCS Certificate Programming Project

  The program I needed to make: For my Part 3 investigation, I wanted to have a working game showing an octopus simulation game based on the Tamagotchi/Nintendogs style where the only interaction the player has with the character is through GUI buttons on their screen. In the past, I had only made sections of... Continue Reading →

Can the same programming objectives be achieved when pupils are creating different types of programs or must a class always work towards the same goal to ensure that no one misses out on a key concept?

BCS Certificate in Computer Science teaching Part 3 investigation. Question investigated is: 'Can the same programming objectives be achieved when pupils are creating different types of programs or must a class always work towards the same goal to ensure that no one misses out on a key concept?'

Making a Crumble Christmas Tree

This year I decided to get an alternative tree for my classroom and when I saw this one from Hobbycraft, it seemed perfect for some coding projects to be easily attached. The tree decorations are made up of sparkle batons cotrolled by a Crumble controller. We used sparkle batons but if you don't have any... Continue Reading →

For this activity, I asked pupils to work in pairs to plan a Christmas-themed game. I demonstrated my own planning using the planning sheets that I was providing them with as well as providing the game I had created based on the planning: The game is available here I was building on some of the... Continue Reading →

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