Computing At School: CAS East Newsletter November 2017

CAS East newsletter November 2017
CAS East Newsletter    November 2017

In This Issue:

  • Upcoming events
  • Master Teacher opportunities
  • Resources
  • Competitions

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Dear CAS member,


Dear Colleagues
We hope you’ve had an enjoyable first half term of the academic year. We’ve got a number of events to tell you about this month, including a new session for all computing teachers being run by CAS Master Teacher David Kinnen on assessment and the knowledge based curriculum (see the “Upcoming events” section below) and a new Hub launched in Saffron Walden. If there are no events taking place close to you, why not get in touch and suggest how we might support the teaching of Computing in your local area? Email

Best wishes
Sue Sissling – Director of Centre for STEM Education and Project Lead
Neil Rickus – Project Lead
Sonia Menezes – Regional Liaison

Could you be a CAS Master Teacher?

We’re always looking to recruit teachers with an interest in promoting the subject, helping train others and developing their own knowledge. Not everyone is a subject expert when they start, so if you have a passion for Computing and wish to enhance your career, please get in touch –  Further details of what it means to be a Master Teacher can be found here -
Within your first year, funding is available to undertake CPD (including the BCS Certificate in Computer Science Teaching - ) and for supply cover when you’re away from the classroom, such as when attending / delivering courses or supporting other teachers.

New Master Teacher induction
This week, we inducted our new Master Teachers to CAS East. The teachers, who work at both primary and secondary schools across region, will be running events across the East of England over the coming months. If you would like support in your school, the contact details of your nearest Master Teacher can be found here by viewing your profile on the CAS website or contact us via email if you require further guidance.

Upcoming events

Mini Regional Conferences - Further details coming soon!
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be releasing details of our two “mini” regional conferences, which will be held in February time. These will most likely be held around Norwich and Cambridge, so please keep an eye out for further information shortly.
Other events
Thu 16th November – Cambridge - Free physical computing CPD for primary teachers - (more information below)
Thu 16th November – Cambridge – CAS Cambs Primary Hub Meeting -
Thu 16th November – Saffron Walden – CAS Saffron Walden Hub Meeting -
Tue 21st November – Cambridge – Free computing CPD – moving from block based to text based programming -
Thu 30th November – Thetford – Free computing CPD – Computer Science, assessment and the knowledge based curriculum -
Thu 11th January – Hatfield – Herts and Borders Primary Hub –
Tue 16th January – Location TBC – Herts and Border Secondary Hub -
Thu 18th January – Cambridge - Free physical computing CPD for primary teachers - (more information below)
Free physical computing CPD for primary teachers in Cambridgeshire – Thursday 16th November and Thursday 18th January
CAS East CRC (University of Hertfordshire), in conjunction with Perse Upper School, Cambridge (November) and Stapleford Community Primary School (January), are pleased to be running a fantastic, free, afternoon of CPD for primary school teachers. 

During the event, you’ll undertake hands on sessions with a range of physical computing technologies, including Crumbles, micro:bits, Lego WeDo 2.0, Raspberry Pi, Pibrella, Codebug, Sphero and many more! You’ll be guiding robots, making wearable technology, programming lights, buzzers, buttons and everything in between. We’ll include practical ideas for use in the classroom, information on cross-curricular links and examine approaches to getting physical computing into the classroom for free! 
Further information can be found here -


Free resources from STEM Learning
STEM Learning have made a number of free resources / guides available, including:
National Coding Week: how to teach programming when your confidence is low -
Robotics guides for busy teachers -
Computer Science for Fun -

Loaning resources
At the CAS East of England Regional Centre, we have class sets of micro:bits available for schools to borrow. We also have a collection of Pi-Tops, which can be loaned out for specific events, such as STEM days. Contact us via email if you would like to make use of this free service.


At this time of year, a number of competitions begin for pupils in both primary and secondary settings, which can be used to motivate and engage your pupils:
Micro:bit Educational Foundation First Birthday Challenge – - Closing date 25th November 2017
Astro Pi – Get your code to run in space! - - Closing date 26th November 2017
Animation ’18 – 11th annual animation competition, which can be entered using Scratch (and many others!) - - Closing date 23rd March 2018
TeenTech – - Register by 15th December 2017
Bebras – Test your pupils’ computational thinking - - Challenge takes place between 6th and 17th November 2017.
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