What will be covered?
- Computing in the primary curriculum – knowledge and making codes
- What is an Algorithm? Debugging and seeing how algorithms run throughout the curriculum.
- Tools for coding; starting with apps like Hopscotch and moving onto Scratch and ScratchJnr
This could run in the following ways with content customise to the training setting; full day, half-day or twilight. Resources mentioned should be provided by the host or obtained from a liaison with a third party school/company.
- Introduction to the Computing Curriculum – for Early Years and Primary
- Algorithms and All that Jazz! – looking at ways that alogrithms can be understood and seen in a variety of everyday devices and activities
- Begin to Code – starting from simplicity – use of robots and screen turtles
- Complex Procedures – creating own sub routines to create recursive shapes and repeating animation using Scratch
- How to fit it all in and make it enjoyable – ideas for creating a stimulating environment for control and computing activities.
- Managing behaviour through engagement with programming
- Plenary – what is your next step? Action Plan moving forward
Myles Pilling works as a Specialist ICT SEND Consultant for AccessAbility Solutions. He has 30 years teaching and advisory experience combined with enthusiasm and practicality to the current educational setting. He is a NAACE level 1 PSE trainer to deliver the NAACE standard on the computing curriculum. NAACE standing for National Association for Advisors in Computer Education of which Myles is an active member.
“I’d also like to say thanks again for all the incredible input we’ve had from The Learning Adventure Centre and from the Fonthill Foundation. What a fantastic partnership. The learners will genuinely benefit, and have done so already, due to the diligence and dedication of all involved.”
Chris Buckley, Head of Education
St. John’s School
“I worked with Myles throughout most of this period predominantly in the areas of AAC assessment and in SEN ICT. Myles ran invaluable networking, skill sharing workshops for Wiltshire SEN ICT Coordinators. These were always well planned with a wealth of diverse, new and relevant technological innovation to enhance the learning of teachers and students in special schools.”
Special Schools Teacher
“I have known Myles Pilling in the Assistive Technology business for at least 25 years. A real expert with a depth of experience.”
CEO of Inclusive Technology
“Myles is an expert in the field. If I think SEN and ICT I always think Myles Pilling. Reliability, integrity, passion and a genuine warmth of personality. He’ll travel miles to get a job done. Myles would be in my ICT first eleven as SEN specialist every time. I recommend him wholeheartedly.”
Dave Smith – Computing and ICT Adviser
Havering School Improvement Services, London