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 →

Hello World: Exploring Roman Worlds in Minecraft

Here is an article from Hello World about how we used Minecraft during Lockdown to explore Roman worlds virtually in Minecraft. We explored the Roman cities of Bath and Exeter as part of out Year 3 pupils' Roman Day. Our Minecraft Club went remote as we all logged in from home and continued to build... 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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