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Programming Pedagogy in Primary Schools: Developing Computing Teaching

CO020 Online course

Investigate a range of pedagogical approaches for teaching programming to primary pupils

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On this four-week course, you’ll examine a range of teaching methods suitable for teaching programming, particularly block-based programming languages, to primary school pupils (aged 5 to 11 years old). 

You’ll look at general pedagogical concepts like Bloom’s verbs, semantic waves and cognitive load, as well as programming specific approaches such as Parson’s Problems or designing lessons using levels of abstraction. 

You’ll have the chance to reflect on your current teaching practices, and how you can adapt your own lessons to take advantage of these approaches.

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You will be able to:

  • Describe a range of pedagogical approaches, including unplugged approaches, 'Use-Modify-Create', and Parson's Problems
  • Explore the key programming concepts of sequence, variables, selection, and iteration, and how these can be taught
  • Model a learning sequence as a semantic wave
  • Synthesise different pedagogies into a lesson plan
  • Evaluate the use of these pedagogical approaches in your classroom

This course is part of the 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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