Building on Barefoot and gaining confidence - computer science from early years to lower KS2

Jane Waite, CAS London


A hands on, practical session of cross curricular activities for early years, Key Stage 1 and lower KS2 covering computational thinking and computer science concepts. Following the alligator algorithm we look at debug signing, teaching tutting, quick draw cats, playdough rabbits, Scratch Jnr jokes, decomposing poems and remind ourselves of the Bee-Bot basics. More Barefoot fun plus a quick open forum to discuss two current bees in Jane’s bonnet. Control hardware, do you have a solution? eLearning courses that teach kids to program, what are your experiences, are you for or against?

Jane Waite's biography

Jane works for CAS London to support primary and secondary Master Teachers, hub leads, lead schools, teachers and other educational groups working in London. She is also undertaking a PhD in computing and education at Queen Mary University of London. Jane previously worked on the Barefoot Project authoring resources on computational thinking and worked in the primary sector for about 10 years. Before that she worked in tech for 20 years. Jane is committed to using tech effecively and enabling pupils to gain real tech confidence and enthusiam.

Relevant Key Stages: KS1, KS2

Room: GNM Clore 1 - Great North Museum

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