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Tinkering Time

This was my favourite lesson of the year so far! We had a lesson where we were tinkering to our heart’s content.

Tinkering is where you take things apart and look at how things work. Part of the computing curriculum is about looking at the inner workings of a PC and I thought we could have a hands-on lesson and physically take a PC apart and discover what’s inside. It’s also a fantastic STEAM lesson; the learning that goes on is almost palpable. Learning through play is the best way, no matter what age you are.

I got the PC towers by asking on one of those waste saver groups on Facebook and Louise Dawson, from Trewwan Sands Children’s Trust, donated 8 PC towers to school (thank you Louise😊).

The two video clips I refer to in this video can be found below:

Life lessons through tinkering

What does what in your computer? Computer parts Explained

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Simon Hunt

Mr Hunt is a primary school teacher who has taught Reception, Year 6 and now a mixed year 3/4 class. He loves creative and innovative ways of teaching to engage children. He is an SLE, specialising in creative and innovative teaching ideas. He shares some of his ideas through his Facebook page and connects with teachers in the UK and around the world. He has presented at various educational conferences and has provided CPD sessions, staff meetings and bespoke twilight sessions. He has also been invited to speak at the international Superpod 6 conference held on San Jaun Island, Washington USA.

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