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Teaching primary computing through contexts

CP405 Live remote training course

Explore ways to introduce contexts relating to cross-curricular topics, everyday life, and the wider world. These strategies will enable pupils to understand the practical applications of computing and explore career opportunities in an informal way.

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Cross curricular Key stage 1 Key stage 2 Primary certificate
Live remote training course 6 hours

  • Live remote training 9 December 09:00—9 December 2022
  • Live remote training 10 January 15:30—17 January 2023
  • Live remote training 18 January 09:30—18 January 2023
  • Live remote training 17 March 09:30—17 March 2023
  • Live remote training 27 March 09:30—27 March 2023
  • Live remote training 25 May 09:30—25 May 2023
  • Live remote training 9 June 09:30—9 June 2023

Using contexts in computing is a route to enable pupils to engage with often quite abstract and challenging ideas, providing familiar or real-world contexts can help show children how computing links to the world around them and supports learning by making it more relevant to them.
This course looks at reasons why a context-based approach for primary computing may benefit learning. It considers a variety of contexts including: topics from across the wider curriculum, stories, real-life and work contexts. You will have a go at various context-based computing activities and evaluate how they support the aims of the computing curriculum.
Sessions will be structured to support teachers to plan engaging activities that meet the needs of the pupils in their school, whilst developing computing skills and knowledge.

Who is it for?

Primary teachers and Primary computing leads

Topics covered

  • why teach through contexts?
  • contexts from core subjects
  • contexts from across wider curriculum
  • exploring existing resources
  • using stories to develop context
  • developing computing through everyday contexts
  • planning for context-based computing


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

  • recognise how contextualised learning may support in the development of knowledge and skills in computing
  • understand how to structure teaching using contextualised learning ensuring computing objectives are met
  • identify how to ensure progression in computing when using cross-curricular contexts
  • take-away a selection of resources and techniques to support the teaching of computing using authentic contexts for different year groups

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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