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Primary programming and algorithms

CP003 Face to face course

Discover engaging and effective ways to help children use computational thinking.

Key stage 1 Key stage 2
Face to face course 1 day

  • Remote delivered CPD 14 April—17 April 2020
  • Remote delivered CPD 21 April—21 April 2020
  • Remote delivered CPD 27 April—28 April 2020
  • Remote delivered CPD 28 April—29 April 2020
  • Sandhurst 15 October—15 October 2020
  • Newbury 23 October—23 October 2020

Programming and algorithms are fundamental to the primary computing curriculum. Algorithms are clear and unambiguous instructions to solve problems which can often be translated using a programming language for a computer to follow. By thinking computationally, children can harness the power of computers to extend their capabilities.

Teachers may wish to attend teaching and leading key stage 1 or key stage 2 computing before participating in this CPD

During this one-day professional development, you will discover engaging and effective ways to help children use computational thinking. You will be equipped to develop their knowledge of how technology works, and the skills to make computers follow instructions in simple programs. A range of approaches will be explored, including ‘unplugged’ activities that require no computer, and multimedia activities that allow creativity and promote widespread engagement.

The professional development will highlight the differences and commonalities across Key Stages 1 and 2, helping all primary teachers to plan for age-appropriate learning while developing an understanding of progression through computing.

This course is delivered as part of the National Centre for Computing Education.

You will be able to:

  • Discover a range of different teaching techniques that are supportedby research, to improve how your school delivers lessons that use algorithms and programming.

  • Learn about debugging, sequence, repetition, selection and variable use and the common misconceptions that hinder pupil progress.

  • Come away with lots of resources that you can use to develop how teachers in your schools understand, plan and teach computing.

  • Understand what computational thinking is and how it affects teaching programming

This course is part of the Teach primary computing certificate.

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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