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Beginners summer school for early-career secondary computing teachers - face to face

CP245 Face to face course

An intensive subject knowledge enhancement summer school for early career teachers of GCSE computer Science, leading to recognised certification.

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Key stage 3 Key stage 4
Face to face course 3 days
  • Southampton 4 July 09:30—6 July 2022

This summer school is designed for absolute beginners. It will allow you to take your first steps towards teaching computer science and establish a foundational knowledge base of concepts, terminology and classroom practice. 

The course will build your knowledge up across three days, covering three different courses:

  • An Introduction to algorithms, programming and data in computer science (CP228)
  • Representing algorithms using flowcharts and pseudocode (CP220)
  • Python programming constructs: sequencing, selection and iteration (CP223)

This programme is designed to increase your confidence and ensure you will be able to support your students.

Outcomes

An Introduction to algorithms, programming and data in computer science-

  • Learn about algorithms, how they are usually represented, and some of their most common applications
  • Understand how human-language algorithms are translated through computer programs into binary, to be executed by a computer
  • Recognise and use the basic building blocks of programming: sequence, selection and repetition
  • Understand how binary, denary and hexadecimal are used to represent numbers, and why this is important for computer science
  • Develop basic programming skills using block-based and text-based languages
  • Develop confidence in subject knowledge, ready to progress further towards becoming a GCSE computer science teacher

Representing algorithms using flowcharts and pseudocode-

  • Learn the key building blocks of algorithms to be executed using a computer.
  • Analyse problems and design algorithmic solutions.
  • Represent algorithms using pseudocode and flowcharts.
  • Gain confidence in tracing and improving algorithms.
  • Take away activities and teaching practice to use in your classroom.

Python programming constructs: sequencing, selection and iteration-

  • Become familiar with the Python programming language
  • Develop some basic program constructs using variables, handling user input and output to the screen
  • Use mathematical and logical operators to build functionality into programs
  • Follow the flow of a program, identifying values held in variables at different stages of execution
  • Create and control indefinite loop structures in programs
  • Begin to evaluate programs and suggest improvements

This course is part of the Subject knowledge certificate

Subject knowledge certificate

Our professional development programme, Computer Science Accelerator, is designed to help you develop or refresh your subject knowledge and leads to a nationally recognised certificate.

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