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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?

Relevant Key Stages: KS1, KS2

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Jane Waite's biography

Jane works for Queen Mary University of London providing teacher support and teacher training. She is also doing a PhD at Queen Mary University of London researching the use of design in primary programming. She has worked on research projects at King's College London with Sue Sentance on PRIMM research and on an early review of the use of the Micro:bit. Jane writes for cs4fn, Cambridge International and previously worked on the Barefoot Project, you can blame her for Aligator Algorithm. Before that, she worked as a primary teacher for 10 years and before that as a developer in industry for 20 years.

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