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Introduction to Programming with Scratch

CO232 Online course

Learn how to use Scratch to design and make animations and games suitable for primary - age children.

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Programming Key stage 1 Key stage 2 Key stage 3 Teach primary computing certificate
Free online course Approximately 8 hours of self-study

Scratch is a powerful, visual programming environment that provides a great introduction to the world of programming. By snapping blocks together, you can create amazing animations and games which can support learning in computing, whilst using meaningful contexts from across the wider curriculum.

In this course you’ll learn how to navigate the Scratch programming environment, from the basics of how to use sprites, costumes, and backdrops, to how to create animations and games. You will learn how to modify existing content, create your own programmes, and share your creations. You’ll also explore the key programming concepts of sequence, repetition and selection and how to develop support children’s learning of them through Scratch.

Who is it for?

Primary teachers who are completely new to using Scratch or who would like to develop their understanding of how to use it in the classroom.

Topics covered

  • An introduction to the Scratch environment and the how to use sprites, costumes, and backdrops.
  • Knowledge of core programming concepts and how best to use them, from sequencing and repetition to selection and variables.
  • Create your own animations and games to test your new skills.
  • How to share your work with the wider Scratch community and how to view and remix other people’s work.
  • Create your own Scratch games and animations.

How long is this course?

This is 8 hours of self-directed learning.

How will you learn?

This online, self-paced course can be completed flexibly. Participants can join and start this course at any time after the advertised date.

This course is not facilitated. You can learn independently or with colleagues to directly address your individual needs.


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

  • Improve knowledge and skills in using Scratch. 
  • Understand how to use Scratch to develop understanding of sequence, repetition, selection and variables
  • Know how to access and  use and share content with the wider Scratch community
  • Create your own games and animations in Scratch.

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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