As part of the drive to strengthen Computing At School's (CAS) support in the DfE Opportunity areas, Yvonne Walker, National CAS Hub Coordinator to over 30 primary Computing subject leaders at Belgrave St. Bartholomew's Academy in Stoke-on-Trent. The focus of the presentation was the Iron Man Micro Bit project which aims to provide computing CPD for primary school teachers via a CAS Hub in their area.
The project aims to enable a CAS Hub to provide the teachers in the project schools with the resources, skills and knowledge to confidently teach their pupils using a cross curricular scheme of work and to provide ongoing support in terms of evaluating the effectiveness of the teaching and learning and to produce a case study that exemplifies the impact of the project. Hubs that work with a number of schools in opportunity areas and who are willing to get involved in running this project will be entitled to a free class set of Micro Bits, as will their project schools. These Micro Bits have been kindly sponsored by the Micro Bit Foundation.
The project resource pack includes a cross-curricular SOW focused on the Iron Man story and involves the pupils building their own Iron Man model (D&T) and a Micro Bit controlled buggy (CS) and using their creation to retell an aspect of the Iron Man story (IT).
It is hoped that after this presentation Stoke on Trent will have a new primary CAS Hub hosted at Belgrave St. Bartholomew's Academy with Andy Bowler, a CAS Master Teacher taking on the mantle of CAS Hub Leader.
See what Andy has to say about the project...
As a local Computing SLE and Network facilitator for Britannia Teaching School Alliance, I have regularly been working with local Computing coordinators to deliver CPD events and updates for the curriculum area. I recently discovered the BBC Micro Bit project that is being run by CAS to support schools in the DfE Opportunity areas, of which Stoke-on-Trent is one.
I was keen to introduce this scheme to our local coordinators in order to share with them the fantastic opportunity and resources that would be freely available to them, should they be interested in the project.
To have a project such as this which has so many cross curricular links and which is aimed at promoting and developing the computational thinking skills which can support students in all areas of school life seems a great idea. I can see children being keen to develop their skills whilst at the same time encouraging them to be innovative and problem solvers.
Having the opportunity to run a Hub locally to support these coordinators whilst at the same time supporting the project can only be beneficial to all parties involved. It will give us the chance to enhance knowledge, support each other and develop new ideas together. We're all really excited!