7 schools in the UK


Richard works in 7 schools a week as an Technology Expert in Residence. Here are some examples of what is happening in these schools.


Randlay School is at the forefront of Computing. They helped with a national event called 'ScratchYourNose' and the older students are learning about HTML using W3Schools and online Notepad. They have 1 Raspberry Pi computer which students use. They have a good website  blog and twitter feed. They use time lapse photography to capture events


Hollinswood Primary School are developing their Computing Curriculum through the use of the creative Scratch program. Most students are using the online version to work on in school and at home. This also works on Android tablets and devices. Those with iPads have downloaded the free app ScratchJr. Jay from base 7 said 'I love scratch because I can edit the characters'


Apley Wood Primary School are using a combination of Scratch (including the 12 useful task cards) and the online coding tool J2eCode. This allows students to publish their games and animations via an e-safe blog. J2e software runs on all tablets as it does not rely on Flash player. Each team of teachers is writing a series of 6 lessons to get the process started. You can see some of their Kodu worls in the Kodu section below.


Southall Special School are using Scratch,  Espresso Coding (trial) and use a Lego Wedo kit as part of a Robot Club. They have their own student video section on their website. This includes examples of algorithms in the context of cooking. They are buying in to some of the Switched on Computing modules. I work with specific students on the Autism Spectrum that LOVE computing. They have made a great video about Algorithms using Makaton sign language https://youtu.be/7uETgP6y4Tw 


Holmer Lake School have completed cross curricular work using the Daisy the Dinosaur app. and have worked extensively with ipads. All teachers are expected to update the blog and they have completed work on animation ,robotics and e-awareness


John Wilkinson School have trialled the use of the input device the Makeymakey board  Students are being encouraged to explore text based coding (Javascript) trough w3schools.


William Reynolds Primary have their own dedicated computing page on their website. After 2 staff meetings on the new curriculum Richard has supported lessons planned by the teacher. Each year group team are writing a 6 lesson block of Computer Science activities based on the CAS Primary Guidance. Lego Wedo Guide here from the school.

Designed at William Reynolds Primary


Quickstart Computing Guide for schools

PDF to download

A professional development guide to help deliver inspiring computing lessons in primary and secondary schools.

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Original annotated by Richard Smith
Guidance for Primary from CAS
Guidance for Secondary from CAS

A range of beginners programming resources (Thanks Zelda for finding this)

Some great NEW ideas and resources from TeachingLondonComputing

Here are some useful ideas put together by a group convened by the  DfE's Teaching Agency. Chaired by @bobharrisonset


A list of useful terminology for Primary School from Phil Bagge @baggiepr on Twitter


Computer Science Unplugged (away from computer devices to develop logic)

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Key Vocab. from Pete Dring (CAS member)


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Being creative...using ScratchJr at Southall School (picture made with PicCollage App)

'Start them young' (EYFS and KS1)


Emphasise doing things in a certain order (sequence) to solve a problem


1. Cheese Sniffer

2. Bee Bot + Bee Bot app + Bee Bot Pyramid

3. Espresso Coding

4. J2e coding

5. Purple Mash 2code

7. Daisy the dinosaur app

8. Alex app


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Be inspired 


Big Ambition

Speakers for Schools

Young Rewired State


What is computing

Codeclub and Codeclubworld


Not Going to Uni


Getting students to think about game building



 Helpful curriculum documents:

Templates for coordinators to develop

Resorces for different platforms
the CEC frameworkvs2.docx
Includes content from new POS in red

Example Curriculum Document: (Randlay)

Randlay Primary_Telford

Example whole school outline (Ladygrove)

based on William Reynolds + AmazingICT doc

Year 5 (6 Week plan): (William Reynolds)

Computer Science (Espresso)

Year 5 (6 lessons on Scratch). Apley Wood Pri.

Apley Wood Primary_Telford

Yr 6 (2 lessons on Kodu) Apley Wood Primary

Apley Wood Primary: Yr 6

Mark Dorling's Computing at School Page

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From Mark Dorling (CAS)
From Mark Dorling (CAS)
progression_pathways_I Can.docx

 Assessment Spreadsheet from CAS (progressions pathways) KS1-2

Statements: AmazingICT_Holmer_WilliamR


Blooms Computing Progression


Serif Computing Outline:

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Many schools are writing their own schemes of work that include medium term plans and resources. 

In addition, there are a number of programmes of study that can be purchased that include ideas and resources. The three below include free sample materials to try out before purchase


Primary Computing

Switched on Computing

Scratch (MIT Massachusetts)


Main Site (version 2 is online: no download)


Code_It site (Phil Bagge)


Animated stories

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Literacy from Scratch; ideas linked to English

Simon Haughton's website

ComputingChampions (Great PDF. Vs2)

Quiz (using Kahoot) from Lee Robertson

ScratchEd education ideas

Weizman Institute: Textbook


Mindmap of resources

from Leon Cych (@eyebeams)


App design:


Touch Develop (Microsoft) (@lanky_boi_ray and @innovativeteach )


Appshed Academy (Torsten Stauch)


Kodu (Microsoft)


Main Site (including download) (£5 for Xbox)


Interactive Classroom Site (Nikki Maddams)

Example Worlds: Apley Wood School


Newdale School: Telford

Suggested Ipad Apps 

  13 Programming apps

Daisy Dino



Bee Bot Pyramid

Bee Bot Blue (Bluetooth)

Move the turtle



Scratch Junior (5-7) (Helpsheet)

Pyonkee (non flash version of Scratch)

TickleApp (controls Sphero and Drone too)

Cargobot : Lee's review

Codea  : Lee's review

Click on www.ilearn.co.uk for a great digital book from Adam Foster (£1.99)

Search Apps4Primary for some useful App reviews from Dan for a range of subjects