CAS Annual conference: Using micro-bits across the primary curriculum

Making lunch box buggies with Iron Man body parts!

I was delighted to present the work from our CAS project Using micro-bits across the primary curriculum at the CAS Annual Conference on 17th June 2017. I presented with Yvonne Walker from CAS and demonstrated one of the buggies that we had made as well as letting delegates loose on some microbits.

We asked delegates to suggest their own ideas on how to use microbits across the curriculum and express interest in joining the project. Please use the google form if you are also interested!

Full details of the project and how to get involved:

CAS teacher resources

Leicester University NQT Conference – Challenging the most able

Presentation at Leicester University NQT Conference, January 2017

Presentation at Leicester University NQT conference on 18 January 2017. I was asked to speak about challenging more able pupils, but of course, bent the topic around to using ICT to challenge children.

Everything on the Internet belongs to someone! 

It was my pleasure to run a workshop at Hampshire/ Wessex Computing Conference on 30th June 2016. Expanding on previous presentations on teaching children about Creative Commons licensing and how to be respectful online, this workshop covered attribution and how to re-use online content.

Hands off, I own that! #LTaLSC16

I was delighted to present at the City of Leicester Summer conference along with my colleague, Nick Overton on Saturday 25th June 2016. We discussed how part of teaching children about being respectful online includes making them aware of who owns what and how they can re-use other people’s images.

We described how we have taught our children about Creative Commons licencing. The lesson plans are available on TES Resources (under CC-by licence of course!).

CAS Leicester North Primary hub meeting

Following the great success of our launch meeting in November 2014, I’m delighted to announce that our next CAS hub meeting will take place on Tuesday 24 March 2015.

Sign up for free tickets on eventbrite.

Rushey Mead Primary School, Leicester

Tuesday 24 March 2015  16.00 – 17.30


16.00 – 16.10  Introduction and Welcome – Jo Badge.

16.10 – 16.30 Barefoot computing – Zoe Ross. How to use the resources available on the Barefoot project website to teaching the new computing curriculum in KS1 and KS2.

16.30 – 16.45 What will children be learning at KS3? Dave Abbott, Stonehill High School, Birstall. Dave will show us what children will be doing in years 7 – 9.

16.45 – 17.20 Schemes of work – led by Jo Badge. Bring your scheme of work so far, discuss with colleagues and evaluate where to go next.

17.20 – 1730 Evaluation and future CPD

I hope you can join us!

Diary from Slovakia day 1

Helen and I arrived late last night. We negotiated the bus journey to the main railway station. The bus was really busy even at 10.30 at night, but very cheap and perfectly to time (€0.90 c for 60 minutes travel). Our hotel is comfortable and clean, very similar to basic university accommodation in the UK.

Monday 16 April
We had the day to ourselves as the rest of the students were not arriving until this afternoon. We managed a great breakfast of chocolate filled freshly made pancakes in the all the day cafeteria attached to the hotel, for the princely sum of €1. It looks like there are two sections to the hotel, a part that is student accommodation and a part that is hotel accommodation. It is functional but rather concrete and there are some rather interesting colour combinations circa 1982 (this turquoise and red, dark green and red).

It was pretty wet, cold and windy, but we braved the weather to walk into the old city, about half an hour a way. This gave is a chance to get our bearings and work out which tram to get on the way back! We soon found the heart of the old city, which is beautiful, tall buildings in pastel colours with patterned roof tiles, balconies and gilding. There a statues and fountains everywhere. I had remembered that hot chocolate was quite a treat here from the last time I visited (a brief weekend several years ago), so we ventured into a cafe and had a ‘dark hot chocolate’. It was fabulous, full of grated chocolate, in a tall glass topped with whipped cream.

The old city was pretty deserted apart from groups of tourists being lead by guides talking into what looked like a walkie talkie. We soon realised that the tourists had wireless (or blue tooth?) headsets in and could hear the guide individually. Very neat!

We found our way over the modern bridge across the Danube to a big shopping centre (Aurpark) for a wander and some warmth. There was also free wifi much to my delight. It was interesting to note the contrast between the old and new, and how run down and concrete the buildings are near to hotel compared to the beautiful baroque city centre.

Food in cafes was very cheap, but in the supermarket seemed similar prices to home. Clothes and shoes were definitely the same as at more if not more expensive – though that didn’t stop Helen getting the bargain of the century – a pair of running shoes in the sale for €2!