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Introduction to the micro:bit in key stage 2 - short course

CP292 Face to face course

Explore physical computing using the micro: bit device; finding out how it can be used to develop understanding of programming through creative digital projects.

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Programming Physical Computing Kit Key stage 2 Teach primary computing certificate
Face to face course 90 minutes

  • Chinnor 16 July 09:30—16 July 2024
  • Live remote training 11 September 16:00—11 September 2024
  • Dartford 12 September 15:30—12 September 2024
  • Lincoln 1 October 12:15—1 October 2024
  • Birmingham 1 October 13:00—1 October 2024
  • Wirral 3 October 15:50—3 October 2024
  • Hatfield 9 October 16:00—9 October 2024
  • Gateshead 10 October 14:30—10 October 2024
  • Dartford 17 October 15:30—17 October 2024
  • Maidstone 23 October 16:00—23 October 2024
  • Scarborough 24 October 12:45—24 October 2024
  • Beverley 4 November 09:00—4 November 2024
  • Dartford 14 November 15:30—14 November 2024
  • Stoke-on-Trent 25 November 13:00—25 November 2024
  • Dartford 12 December 15:30—12 December 2024
  • Maidstone 7 January 16:00—7 January 2025
  • Nottingham 17 January 16:00—17 January 2025
  • Lincoln 11 February 14:30—11 February 2025
  • Nottingham 9 May 13:00—9 May 2025
  • Lincoln 3 June 14:30—3 June 2025

Explore physical computing using the micro: bit device; finding out how it can be used to develop understanding of programming through creative digital projects.

During this CPD, you’ll learn how to get started with the micro:bit, exploring the in-built buttons, LEDs, and sensors for detecting movement, sound, light and heat. You’ll find out how to setup the device, how to attach add-ons to make use of the inputs and outputs, and how to teach using micro:bit, making use of freely available resources.

The micro:bit provides an engaging way to develop subject knowledge, through cross-curricular projects that provide instant feedback to develop understanding of programming in Key Stage 2.

Your local computing hub can provide a loanable micro:bit kit enabling you to implement activities using this device in your classroom.

Who is it for?

This course is aimed at teachers and subject leaders of computing, looking to develop physical computing in the classroom to complement existing approaches.

How long is this course?

This course consists of a single 90-minute session. 

How will you learn?

Hands-on experiential learning with the collaborative support of your peers, led by an experienced Professional Development Leader. The course will model teaching approaches that can be taken back to the classroom.


By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • gain hands-on experience and confidence using the micro:bit
  • explore pedagogy and lesson activities that make effective use of physical computing in the classroom
  • plan to implement physical computing in the classroom making use of loaned equipment from your local computing hub

This course is part of Teach primary computing

Teach primary computing

Our nationally recognised qualification will support you to demonstrate your commitment to developing your own practice and to computing as a school subject.

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