ToodleBit's next exhibition will be at the ICT For Education event in Newcastle on the 20th September 2019. If you are in the area, stop by the stand where we will have a range of activities for you to try. For details on future exhibitions and conferences, click here.

   

 

 

What is ToodleBit?

ToodleBit is a creative, hands-on approach to teaching STEM within KS2. Based around the computer science curriculum, ToodleBit uses the BBC MicroBit to link computing, science, maths and design technology into exciting and stimulating lessons. Designed for the non-specialist teacher, animated videos guide pupils through each lesson.

What is included?

The full ToodleBit package comprises of 7 units of work but can be bought in small chunks. Each unit is made up of 6 lessons (each one about an hour long) providing a progressive scheme of work from year 3 to year 6.

( Why only 7 units? Following in school trials it was felt that ToodleBit was most successful once the Year 3 pupils reached the Summer Term. Therefore there is only one unit in Year 3. )

The Online Classroom Is The Hub of THE ToodleBit Operation

From here pupils select their unit of work and then the lesson they are working on.
The Online Classroom Is The Hub of THE ToodleBit Operation

Online Lessons

Lessons are set which require pupils to develop a range of skills and knowledge; designing, making as well as coding.

Support and extension activities enable pupils to work at their own pace and develop independence from the teacher.

Pupil confidence grows as all pupils succeed in making their project work.
Online Lessons

Animated Videos

Animated videos guide both staff and pupils through each lesson. They provide the specialised knowledge and language which many teachers find challenging.

Pupils provide feedback on each lesson via the 'faces' icon.

All videos are kept on ToodleBit's own servers rather than using an external platform such as YouTube. This ensures we have full control over content.

Animated Videos

A comprehensive kit

As part of ToodleBit, schools will receive a set of components that allow pupils to create a number of projects. Each part of the kit has been carefully chosen to provide maximum learning opportunities at a cost effect price. Projects are cross curriula linking computing, design technology and science.
A comprehensive kit

Teacher Links

Teachers also have access to an overview of each Unit of Work, detailed lesson plans, pupils feedback on their lessons and the introcutory staff meeting notes and videos.
Teacher Links

Training

An online staff meeting has been planned to enable all teachers to succeed in useing ToodlBit. This includes; notes, videos and activities to ensure all staff can confidently deliver the curriculum.

In school training is also available which is arranged in consultation with the school but could be via staff meeting / demonstration lessons.

Telephone and email support will be available throughout .
Training

Examples from the National Curriculum covered by ToodleBit

Computing
Can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation.
Can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems.


Design Technology
Understand and use electrical systems in their products (for example, series circuits incorporating switches, bulbs, buzzers and motors).
Apply their understanding of computing to program, monitor and control their products.
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Science
Pupils might work scientifically by: systematically identifying the effect of changing one component at a time in a circuit; designing and making a set of traffic lights, a burglar alarm or some other useful circuit.

Extracts from the School Inspection Handbook - Ofsted

The work given to pupils, over time and across the school, consistently matches the aims of the curriculum. It is coherently planned and sequenced towards cumulatively sufficient knowledge and skills for future learning and employment.

Pupils' work across the curriculum is consistently of a high quality.
Extracts from the School Inspection Handbook - Ofsted