Supporting Teachers with Computer Science
Our Education Team are proud to be supporting the Barefoot Computing project, a national initiative supporting primary educators with computer science.
Established in 2014 by the Department for Education following the introduction of the new Computing curriculum in England, the programme is now funded by BT and supports primary teachers across the UK with the provision of free resources and volunteer-led workshops. Our team work closely with BT to support teachers and volunteers through the delivery of these free in-school workshops.
What is Barefoot?
If you’re a primary educator looking to develop your confidence in teaching computer science, and want to help your pupils become budding programmers, Barefoot is perfect for you.
Created by a team of practising primary teachers, Barefoot’s high quality, cross-curricular activities help bring computational thinking concepts and approaches alive in engaging and practical ways. There are clear definitions, examples and progression across all primary school age and ability ranges, all designed to help you deepen your understanding of computational thinking and computer science topics. All made more accessible through free volunteer-led workshops.
Whether you’re creating your own algorithm for drawing something, exploring logical reasoning through number patterns, or tinkering with code in Scratch, Barefoot will help you realise that computing is not so scary after all – in fact, you’re already teaching it!
How can I find out more?
You can access all of the resources, lesson plans and self-teach materials by going to the Barefoot website and signing up for free. Once you’ve signed up, you can request a free 90 minute CPD workshop at your school, which will be delivered by a trained industry volunteer and will give you and your colleagues a hands-on introduction to what Barefoot has to offer.
Request a Workshop
Barefoot workshops instantly bring the resources to life in an interactive session, demonstrating just how uncomplicated bringing computing to all aspects of the curriculum can be. A trained Barefoot volunteer in your local area will visit your school for a free 90 minute session, provide an introduction to the Barefoot website and resources, discuss how the resources complement the computing curriculum and then demonstrate a range of the activities.
The exemplar Barefoot primary computing resources have been created by a panel of expert primary computing teachers. These free to use, creative resources illustrate how computing can be integrated into the primary curriculum in cross-curricular ways, enabling primary teachers to deliver the computing curriculum with confidence.
Become a Volunteer
Volunteers are the backbone of Barefoot, providing teachers with face-to-face training on how to use the wealth of resources available to them. Operating in their local schools and beyond, volunteers deliver workshops introducing teachers to Barefoot resources and demystifying computational thinking and computer science concepts.
Latest Barefoot Articles
Barefoot Resources Round-Up
Get all the Barefoot resources that have been released in response to COVID-19 this year. This article looks at each release including Barefoot Bytes and Barefoot Online.
16th October 2020
Barefoot Release Barefoot Bytes
Read all about Barefoot’s new resources 'Barefoot Bytes'. They provide fun and easy computational thinking-based activities for teachers to use in the classrooms.
26th August 2020
Beyond limits - 'Barefoot' Success Wins Award.
Find out what happened when Barefoot and a crowd of primary school students streamed live computer code to the largest screen in Europe, the Piccadilly Lights in London.
6th July 2020
Barefoot Launch Computing at Home Learning Page
To help parents support and promote computational thinking, Barefoot has launched a fantastic home learning page on the Barefoot computing website.
27th April 2020