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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

  • Southport 24 February—24 February 2020
  • York 24 February—24 February 2020
  • Halesworth 25 February—25 February 2020
  • Stafford 2 March—2 March 2020
  • Truro 2 March—2 March 2020
  • Sheffield 2 March—2 March 2020
  • Crawley 2 March—2 March 2020
  • Harrogate 3 March—3 March 2020
  • Redruth 5 March—5 March 2020
  • London 6 March—6 March 2020
  • Accrington 9 March—9 March 2020
  • St Albans 9 March—9 March 2020
  • Cambridge 9 March—4 May 2020
  • Gloucester 10 March—10 March 2020
  • Wednesbury 10 March—10 March 2020
  • Scarborough 10 March—10 March 2020
  • Barnsley 11 March—11 March 2020
  • Harlow 11 March—10 June 2020
  • Warrington 13 March—13 March 2020
  • Colchester 18 March—18 March 2020
  • Cambridge 19 March—19 March 2020
  • Derby 19 March—19 March 2020
  • Northampton 20 March—20 March 2020
  • Nr Wigan 23 March—23 March 2020
  • Blackpool 23 March—23 March 2020
  • Hatfield 23 March—23 March 2020
  • Bromborough 24 March—24 March 2020
  • Southampton 24 March—24 March 2020
  • Aylesbury 26 March—26 March 2020
  • Orpington 26 March—26 March 2020
  • Cambridge 30 March—30 March 2020
  • Sutton Coldfield 1 April—1 April 2020
  • Northolt 2 April—2 April 2020
  • Tarporley 3 April—3 April 2020
  • Truro 6 April—6 April 2020
  • Brampton 20 April—20 April 2020
  • Dereham 21 April—21 April 2020
  • Bradford 22 April—22 April 2020
  • Redruth 22 April—22 April 2020
  • Yeovil 27 April—27 April 2020
  • Bromsgrove 27 April—27 April 2020
  • Langley 27 April—27 April 2020
  • Ashford 27 April—27 April 2020
  • Maidstone 29 April—29 April 2020
  • Dartford 30 April—30 April 2020
  • Redruth 1 May—1 May 2020
  • Darlington 4 May—4 May 2020
  • Truro 4 May—4 May 2020
  • Cambridge 6 May—6 May 2020
  • Harlow 7 May—7 May 2020
  • Leicester 14 May—14 May 2020
  • Wednesbury 20 May—20 May 2020
  • Tamworth 21 May—21 May 2020
  • High Wycombe 21 May—21 May 2020
  • Northampton 21 May—21 May 2020
  • Milton Keynes 22 May—22 May 2020
  • Durham 1 June—1 June 2020
  • Pudsey 2 June—2 June 2020
  • Truro 3 June—3 June 2020
  • Hatfield 9 June—9 June 2020
  • Shefford 12 June—12 June 2020
  • Ormskirk 15 June—15 June 2020
  • Bradford 17 June—17 June 2020
  • Luton 17 June—17 June 2020
  • Bury Saint Edmunds 18 June—18 June 2020
  • Poole 18 June—18 June 2020
  • Warrington 23 June—23 June 2020
  • Dereham 23 June—23 June 2020
  • Cleethorpes 30 June—30 June 2020
  • Darlington 30 June—30 June 2020
  • Saffron Walden 30 June—30 June 2020
  • Bingley 2 July—2 July 2020
  • Braintree 3 July—3 July 2020
  • Ormskirk 6 July—6 July 2020
  • Birmingham 13 July—13 July 2020
  • Reading 16 July—16 July 2020
  • Reading 12 October—12 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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