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Literacy via primary computing – building vocabulary and embedding literacy skills

CP407 Live remote training course

Explore how to teach computing vocabulary effectively. Unpick the opportunities within the computing curriculum and computing lessons to build literacy skills.

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Cross curricular Computing Key stage 1 Key stage 2 Teach primary computing certificate
Live remote training course 90 minutes

  • Live remote training 23 September 15:45—23 September 2024
  • Live remote training 25 September 15:45—25 September 2024
  • Live remote training 11 October 10:30—11 October 2024
  • Live remote training 11 November 15:45—11 November 2024
  • Live remote training 13 November 16:00—13 November 2024
  • Cowes 3 December 15:30—3 December 2024
  • Live remote training 5 December 16:00—5 December 2024
  • Live remote training 10 December 15:45—10 December 2024

The national curriculum states that teachers should develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary as integral aspects of the teaching of every subject. This CPD will support you to do just this in computing. You will learn how to embed the teaching of vocabulary effectively throughout your computing curriculum and discover opportunities for building reading, writing, and spoken language into computing lessons.

Computing has lots of subject specific and technical vocabulary which is best taught in context. This CPD will help you demystify the technical terms by building your own confidence and understanding of this subject-specific vocabulary. You will also explore ways to teach this vocabulary to pupils to ensure a strong and accurate understanding that sticks.

You will also explore the many opportunities within the computing curriculum and computing lessons to build literacy skills. You will identify opportunities within computing to support reading, writing and spoken language and look at how these can be taught in a way which maximises learning in both subjects.

Who is it for?

This course is aimed at computing subject leads who want to ensure that vocabulary is embedded in their subject and that cross-curricular opportunities with English are maximised to increase the profile of computing across the school.

It would also be suitable for English subject leads interested in how to maximise opportunities for developing literacy skills in computing.

How long is this course?

This course consists of one 90 minute session.

How will you learn?

A scheduled live, interactive online session led by an experienced practitioner.


By the end of this intensive CPD pathway you will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of, and challenges in teaching primary computing vocabulary.
  • Know strategies for the teaching of primary computing vocabulary.
  • Identify opportunities for cross curricular literacy and computing activities.

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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