The week in brief…Merry Christmas

We’ve made it to the final week of term! Just before we all head home for mince pies and christmas movie marathons we thought you might like to hear what we’ve been up to this week and what exciting things await our followers in 2016.

The week just gone…

We have had a pretty busy final week here; Firstly our new technician Harmindar joined the team and got stuck in building robots and watching the christmas pantomime at Rosendale. We travelled to Oxford Circus for the latest BBC Microbit update – very excited to say that the devices should be on their way to teachers in early 2016! We made volcanoes in scratch with Streatham Wells, used iPads to assess gymnastics at Lark Hall, worked with A-level students on Photoshop at Dunraven and finished teaching for the term with 90, year 2 pupils from Charles Dickens animating their favourite stories.

Christmas Crafts…Make your own light up card!

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Instructions courtesy of Rowan!

You will need:

  • Led Lights (or Circuit Stickers)
  • A pencil
  • Sticky tape
  • A felt tip/marker pen
  • Copper Tape (you can use slug repellent tape!)
  • Coloured Card
  • Scissors
  • A 3v coin battery
  • A bulldog clip

1. Bend a piece of A4 card in half to create the base of the card.

2. Use a pencil to sketch out your design;

  • It must consist of two lines, which will be connected by the battery and the LEDs.
  • The battery will be at the edge, so it’s best if one end of each line trails off towards the corner.
  • Make sure there are points where the lines are close enough to each other that they can be connected by the LEDs.

3. Stick the copper tape over the two lines of your drawing, being careful not to let them touch. Bend and fold the tape at the corners rather than breaking it, as the sticky side is not conductive.

4. Place the coin battery in the corner and fold so that one piece of copper is in contact with each side. Use the bulldog clip to secure it.

5. Test by bridging the two pieces of copper with an LED. The longer leg must be connected with the positive side of the battery (if in doubt try both ways and see which works). If neither direction works check the connections between the battery and the copper, and make sure the led is pressed firmly onto the copper.

6. Once your LED is lit, use sticky tape to secure it. You will need to press firmly to secure the connection.

7. Repeat, adding as many LEDs as you wish – though be aware that as you add new ones the existing LEDs may become dimmer depending on their relative resistance values.

8. Draw and cut out a card shape to cover the electronics. You will need to make holes in the positions where the LEDs will poke through.

9. Draw a dot on each LED in felt tip and place the card shape on top to mark it with the positions, before using a pencil to push a hole through each point.

10. Carefully lay the card shape over the circuit, gently pushing the LEDs through the holes so that they hold the card in place.

Voila! You have your very own light-up Christmas Card.

Next Term CPD

We are looking forward to running INSETs on the 4th Jan (a few more quality streets heavier!) in Maytree, Bonneville, Wandsworth Referral Unit and Rosendale. The rest of January is packed full full of our informative and interactive CPD sessions – book yourself in now and start 2016 teaching on top form.

We have:

Introduction to Scratch and Kodu on 14th Jan

New to Leadership in Computing on 20th Jan

SRF and ICT Mark on 28th Jan

E-Safety – Working with Parents on 28th Jan

And looking forward to Feb and March – Animation, Film-making, Humanities conference and much more.

For full details on all our CPD and to book go to our website:

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