Computing and Digital Literacy Package

Computing skills equip children to think logically and creatively, to process and organise information, and to prepare for a rapidly changing world.

Computing and digital literacy skills are also vital for supporting all other subjects, sharing deep links with maths, science and technology and providing an essential tool for research and publication. Yet, despite their central importance, computing and digital literacy are a much neglected area of the curriculum in many schools.

Our Computing and Digital Literacy Package provides essential training and support at all levels of school-leadership – from subject leadership to refresher training for teachers on how to teach and use basic computing skills. Our Coding and Programming programme provides much-needed training on an area of the computing curriculum that many staff feel ill-equipped to deliver: it builds a thorough understanding of coding, algorithms and computational thinking and provides hands-on experience on planning a range of practical, pupil-friendly projects.

Our Leading Computing programme provides training and support on the full set of skills needed to lead the subject in schools, from curriculum design to pedagogy and assessment. It also gives vital guidance for leaders to ensure an effective, whole-school approach to e-safety.

We also offer three short courses on Digital Literacy, E-Safety and Cad Design. Our Digital Literacy and the Internet course aims to equip teachers with a host of practical ideas on how to teach basic ICT skills and apply them throughout the curriculum. Our E-Safety course covers all aspect of E-Safety, equips school leaders to ensure compliance with all aspects of child protection in an online environment, and provides a range of useful resources that teachers and leaders can take back and use in their schools. Our CAD Design course allows schools to think forward to a growing area of STEM curriculum development – the use of computer technology to support the wider curriculum through a range of CAD based activities and projects.

Coding and Programming

1 x full day and 3 x half-day sessions.

Aimed at: KS2 Teachers and Computing Leaders.

Coding and programming are high priority skills for pupils in the 21st century. This course aims to build teacher confidence and subject knowledge with coding and provide teaches with hands-on experience working with algorithms, developing lesson plans and activities, using a range of commonly available programming tools and applications and developing a deeper understanding of the concepts underlying basic programming.

Day 1: 23rd April 2019, 9:00am – 4:00 pm, Beechwood Junior School

Beechwood TSA News An introduction to computational thinking & algorithms:

Beechwood TSA News How to think computationally as a pre-curser to programming.

Beechwood TSA News Logic, sequence, repetition and decisions.

Beechwood TSA News Algorithms: definitions, types and pedagogy in teaching algorithms.

Beechwood TSA News Implementation of algorithms (Beebots, Flowal, Hopscotch)

Beechwood TSA News Implementing algorithms and variation in approach.

Beechwood TSA News Understanding real life concepts before simulation.

Beechwood TSA News Applying the above concepts in various visual programming languages.

Beechwood TSA News Testing and de-bugging through visual methods and role-play.

Day 2: 4th June 2019, 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Beechwood Junior School

Planning and designing projects .

Beechwood TSA News Understanding the planning and design process as an essential bridge between learning skills and actual coding.

Beechwood TSA News Exploring different planning techniques and pro formas.

Beechwood TSA News Using decomposition as part of the design approach.

Day 3: 18th June 2019, 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Beechwood Junior School

Introduction to coding (Scratch).

Beechwood TSA News Applying the basic coding concepts through Scratch and other visual programming languages.

Beechwood TSA News A longer practical hands on element, exploring ideas, techniques and resources that can be taken straight back to the classroom. Gap Task TBA

Day 4: 9th July 2019, 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Beechwood Junior School

More advanced programming (Scratch).

Beechwood TSA News Develop understanding and practice of concepts from the National Curriculum including: abstraction, decomposition, sequencing and repetition.

Beechwood TSA News Using conditional operators within a variety of contexts, including controlling and simulating real life situations.

Beechwood TSA News Ideas on how to extend higher ability pupils.

The course will be led by Phil Wickins
Hamwic schools £150, Non-Hamwic schools £190
(Leads to our Leading Computing course)

Leading Computing

5 x half-day sessions

Aimed at: Computing Leaders.

Computing supports all areas of the curriculum. It is a complex subject that requires the teaching of core skills that pupils will be able to apply safely and confidently across a range of rapidly evolving applications and platforms.

This course supports computing leaders to fully implement a computing curriculum that meets the rapidly changing needs of their pupils:

Beechwood TSA News Curriculum development
Beechwood TSA News Lesson planning
Beechwood TSA News Pedagogy
Beechwood TSA News Ensuring opportunities for digital literacy
Beechwood TSA News Programming and coding
Beechwood TSA News E-safety
Beechwood TSA News Assessment for learning

Day 1: 25th September 2018, 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Beechwood Junior School

Whole school overviews and curriculum development:

Beechwood TSA News Skill progression
Beechwood TSA News Curriculum mapping
Beechwood TSA News Application across the curriculum – different approaches

Day 2: 30th October 2018, 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Beechwood Junior School

Digital literacy across the curriculum:

Beechwood TSA News Ensuring coverage of basic digital literacy skills.

Beechwood TSA News High expectations for digital literacy

Beechwood TSA News Different approaches for applying digital skills across the curriculum

Day 3: 20th November 2018, 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Beechwood Junior School

Computing pedagogy – sharing best practice.

Day 4: 8th January 2019, 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Beechwood Junior School

Lesson planning.

Beechwood TSA News Effective planning for skill progression and assessment.

Beechwood TSA News Differentiation, support, independence and challenge.

Beechwood TSA News Planning for application and exploration of computational thinking concepts.

Beechwood TSA News Building in assessment for learning.

Day 5: 12th February 2019, 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Beechwood Junior School

E-safety and resource management:

Beechwood TSA News E-safety and the legal framework.

Beechwood TSA News Effective approaches for ensuring e-safety.

Beechwood TSA News Computing resources and planning for the future

The course will be led by Phil Wickins
Hamwic schools £150, Non-Hamwic schools £190

Digital Literacy and the Internet

1 x full-day session

Aimed at: KS1 and KS2 Teachers

This one-day programme aims to provide teachers with a range of strategies for teaching ICT skills and providing opportunities for pupils to use and practice these skills throughout the curriculum. It is designed to ensure pupils are able to perform commonly used actions and use a range of standard applications to support their work.

Day 1: 13th November 2018, 9:00am – 4:00pm, Beechwood Junior School

How to teach and employ ICT skills within the new computing curriculum and how to develop fine motor skills and common actions on various physical platforms including:

Beechwood TSA News Keyboard, mouse, trackpad and touchscreen use.
Beechwood TSA News Open and Save operations.
Beechwood TSA News Select, delete, edit, move functions.

Similarities between various software packages:

Beechwood TSA News How to teach word processing effectively.
Beechwood TSA News How to teach and use Data and Excel effectively

The internet: Teaching literally how it works, then how it’s used, including:

Beechwood TSA News Kid safe resources
Beechwood TSA News How to use the internet effectively
Beechwood TSA News Spotting fake news/ unreliable sources
Beechwood TSA News Ads and pop ups
Beechwood TSA News Staying safe on the internet (More in the E-Safety session)

The course will be led by Phil Wickins
Hamwic schools £60, Non-Hamwic schools £90


1 x full-day session

Aimed at: Computing Leaders, Senior Leaders, Designated Safeguarding Leads, Governors.

Schools play an increasingly crucial role in promoting and teaching internet safety. This one-day course supports leaders to develop a whole school approach to e-safety that involves staff, governors, parents and pupils themselves in keeping children and young people safe online. It covers all aspects of e-safety and provides a range of resources that will enable children to be safe, confident explorers of the online world through online platforms, teaching resources, face-to-face workshops and assemblies.

Day 1: 12th March 2019, 9:00am – 4:00pm, Beechwood Junior School

Beechwood TSA News E-safety in primary (including advice on e-safety agreements with pupils/ parents, E-safety in the curriculum).
Beechwood TSA News Legal aspects of child protection in online environment.

How to deliver teaching on:
Beechwood TSA News Online conduct
Beechwood TSA News Navigating content
Beechwood TSA News Contacting other people
Beechwood TSA News Commercialism

Plus how to communicate with parents about E-Safety, including setting up regular parent only and parent and child E-Safety workshops.

The course will be led by Phil Wickins
Hamwic schools £60, Non-Hamwic schools £90

CAD Design

1 x half-day session

Aimed at: KS1 and KS2 Teachers, and Computing and Design Leaders.

CAD based computing applications provide a powerful tool for integrating computing skills within design, art, geometry and communication applications. This course provides teachers and leaders of computing and design with experience in developing a range of CAD based design activities and projects:

Day 1: 19th March 2018, 9:00am – 4:00pm, Beechwood Junior School

Understanding the National Curriculum expectations for Design Technology: pupils should be taught to generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design.

Exploring the importance and benefits of CAD and how it fits within your DT curriculum.

Opportunities to expand the use of CAD in DT and foundation topics.

Practical hands-on experience in the use of ‘Sketchup’ (free for schools) to design, create, modify and test 3D models. This will include:

Beechwood TSA News Creating and annotating basic 3D models.
Beechwood TSA News Creating scale models with measurements.
Beechwood TSA News Creating 2D images of these models as multi-viewpoint plans.
Beechwood TSA News Cross sectional diagrams.
Beechwood TSA News Rendering.

The course will be led by Phil Wickins
Hamwic schools £60, Non-Hamwic schools £90


There is also an additional 5% off the total package cost for Early Bird bookings for both Hamwic and non-Hamwic schools. Discount will be applied once all programmes in package are purchased.

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