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Computing in KS2 DT Curriculum

Discussion in 'Primary' started by coyy, Jan 10, 2017.

  1. coyy

    coyy New commenter


    What are people using for the computing part of the DT curriculum (apply their understanding of computing to programme, monitor and control their products)?

    I assume this means using some sort of physical output not just a program (e.g. Scratch) as it has to be in a product.

    I heard about Arduino on a course and that is very affordable (if you buy cheap from China on EBay) but it also looks very technical for non specialists and I worry that it will become another one of those things that you bought once but now sits in the cupboard.

    Any comments will be gratefully received.

  2. Studyzonetv

    Studyzonetv Occasional commenter

  3. ronnieg

    ronnieg New commenter

    Microbits are very affordable and easy to use - come with lessons ranging from beginners to advanced. Programmed through website or iPads - found website to be far easier and children can work on it at home without having the hardware to hand. Start off making name badges with flashing lights or scrolling messages. You can use them like makey makey to construct fruit keyboards, connect via Bluetooth to take mobile phone pictures you can make compasses , step counters.

    Programming environment looks like scratch but you can use a python version to push the more advanced in your class. Couldn't recommend it highly enough - easy for non specialists as well
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2017
  4. bonxie

    bonxie Senior commenter

    Lego WeDo kits are easy to use for lower and upper KS2. The programming is done on a laptop with software that works in a similar way to Scratch: the program blocks fit together on the screen. There are guidelines for making and programming a range of Lego models that do various things. Once they've got the hang of it, the children then come up with their own ideas. Ordinary Lego pieces are compatible with the ones from the kit.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  5. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    bonxie's suggestio would be my suggestion as one can make it work with so many 'products' from Yr1 to Yr 6.

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