123ICT Computing Curriculum Courses 2016

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New 123ICT computing curriculum courses in the New Year!

Please see below for further information about each course and how to book your place. Courses will be held during at afternoon session from 1.00-4.30pm at our training suite at the Witney Business and Innovation Centre.

E-Safety and how to become a 360 Degree School – Tues 19th January & Wed 2nd March 2016

This course will start with a look at the Computing Curriculum and how and where E-Safety should be taught. We will touch on a range of resources for teaching E-Safety. We will take a look at the Safeguarding aspects of E-Safety and using the 360 Safe online tool we will work together to complete this for your school. This free tool will help you to gain a snapshot of where you school is now and also help inform an action plan to help your school further develop E-Safety.
Attendees will need to bring their own laptop to the training and also create a 360 Degree Safe account online at It may be that your school is already registered. If so but no-one knows the login details please contact 360 safe and they will assist BUT you will need to check this at least a week prior to training.

Starting with Scratch from Scratch – Mon 1st February & Mon 14th March 2016

Scratch is a simple and easy to program graphical programming language which lets users create quite sophisticated programs by dragging coloured blocks together. In this course we will introduce the Scratch programming interface and learn about creating simple sequences of programs. We will learn how to introduce program decomposition to pupils as a way of tackling a complex program by breaking it down into simple, more manageable chunks. We will learn to use repetition, and gain repeated practical experience of writing and debugging programs with Scratch 2. We will also learn some of the common pitfalls and mistake which pupils will fall into and how to trouble-shoot these. Attendees will create their own example Scratch programs and take away support materials for ongoing assistance.
Attendees will need to bring their own laptop, and if possible install Scratch 2 offline editor from

Teaching Scratch Beyond the Basics – Mon 29th February & Wed 16th March 2016

This course will be hands-on with Scratch 2.0. (as used in the Rising Stars Switched on Computing scheme). The focus is to take Scratch programming beyond the basics to introduce areas of the KS2 Computing Curriculum such as variables and selection into Scratch programming via quizzes and games. We will include a variety of inputs and outputs and consider ways of extending Scratch even further. It is a course intended for those with existing basic Scratch knowledge. Attendees will create their own example quizzes and basic games. We will learn to introduce the game design process to pupils, and consider extension opportunities to stretch the more-able students further.
Attendees will leave the course with a bank of example programs and support materials for on-going assistance.
Attendees will need to bring their own laptop, and if possible install Scratch 2 offline editor from prior to the course.

For further information on how to book onto one of the courses above please click on the booking form below or call our office on 01993 848 291.