ToodleBit's next exhibition will be at the Education Peoples Show in Kent on the 6th November 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 based around the KS2 computer science curriculum. ToodleBit uses the BBC Micro:Bit to combine 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 which can be bought in small chunks. Each unit is made up of 6 lessons that are approximately an hour long and provide a progressive scheme of work from year 3 to year 6.

Why 7 units? Following school trials it was felt that ToodleBit was most successfully used in Year 3 when pupils reached the Summer Term. Subsequently, 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 the lesson they are working on.
The Online Classroom Is The Hub of THE ToodleBit Operation

Online Lessons

ToodleBit lessons help pupils develop a range of skills and knowledge along with designing, making and 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

Designed for a class of 30 with pupils working in pairs, the box includes 15 sets of everything including buggies. Each part of the kit has been carefully chosen to provide maximum learning opportunities at a cost effect price. The heavy duty box passes from class to class.
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 introductory staff meeting notes and videos.
Teacher Links

Training

An online staff meeting has been planned to enable all teachers to succeed in using 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