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
- 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