CAS BBC Micro:bit Event @OpenZone UPDATE only 1 place remaining!



We are pleased to announce that we have managed to get our hands on some Micro:bits!

Nick Cook from Computing at School has 10 and he has very kindly offered to run a FREE familiarisation session using Micro:bits at OpenZone on

Thursday 3rd March 2016 from 4:00 – 5:30pm.


As supplies are limited there are only 20 places available on this session.

Please sign up as soon as possible via Eventbrite to avoid disappointment. Please note this session is available to other CAS users and is not limited to South Tyneside Schools.

Here is the link to sign up

Book your place here!


Serial Mash with Jonny Zucker

We had a fantastic session yesterday afternoon with Jonny Zucker an author who writes books for the Serial Mash element of Purple Mash.



purplemashPurple Mash is an award-winning website for nursery and primary school children. It enables children to explore and enhance their knowledge in a fun and creative way.

serial-mashSerial Mash is…

“A growing online library of books specifically written for use in primary school classrooms with the new National Curriculum. The books are aimed at children aged 5-11 and come complete with a range of teacher resource packs, comprehension quizzes and extended writing activities.”

It was great to see how the Purple Mash content can support reluctant readers.

There really is a wealth of resources right at your fingertips.

Many of the texts within Serial Mash are aimed specifically at Boys to engage them with reading and to help them develop a love for literacy.

Jonny shared many excellent tips with us including some companies that produce books aimed at reluctant readers such as Badger Learning.

We were particularly keen to check out the Dark Man series of books by Ransom Publishing.

We all had an opportunity to work through some of the resources and Andrew Wilkinson very kindly offered a free trial of Serial Mash for all attendees. Thank you very much
Andrew  🙂

If anybody has any queries about their free trial feel free to contact myself or Amanda or Andrew directly


Realsmart and E-mail Training

We are carrying out e-mail training throughout our primary schools in preparation for the change from Its Learning to Realsmart. All training should hopefully be completed by the end of the month as Its Learning will be switched off on 30th September 2014.

Please make sure all documents you require from Its learning have been downloaded by this deadline.

Further training for the Realsmart platform and Google apps will be delivered via our CPD programme.

The first session on Google Drive is being held at OpenZone on a choice of 3 dates.

  • 21st October 2014 at 4pm
  • 22nd October 2014 at 4pm
  • 23rd October 2014 at 4pm

Please see the Autumn Term CPD Brochure for further details.

Alternatively training can be delivered in school as part of your SLA entitlement.


New Computing Curriculum 2014

Throughout the Spring and Summer terms our Curriculum Development Group has been working with us on documentation to support the new Computing curriculum.

The documents produced are intended as guidance and to give a framework to the new curriculum. They are not a one stop scheme of work as we know that all of our schools cover topics in slightly different ways.

These documents are available in the Curriculum 2014 section of this website.

We have delivered several Demystifying the New Curriculum CPD sessions in schools and at Openzone to support schools in their planning. We also have CPD sessions called Computing Unplugged which provides lots of ideas for delivering computational thinking and algorithms away from a computer.

Please see our CPD section for details of further training sessions available.

We are here to help!