Through key stage 2, the computing curriculum aims to deepen understanding of computer science, information technology and digital literacy. Children become more skilled, and critical, users of technology, choosing tools that helps them achieve their goals while developing safe, and acceptable, online behaviours.
This CPD, the first of two modules, seeks to broaden your understanding across the whole computing curriculum. You will demystify computers, developing understanding of data fundamentals such as binary, and learning how the parts of a computer system handle this data to carry out useful tasks. You will strengthen your knowledge of computer networks, including the internet and technologies such as search engines and email that make use of it.
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Who is it for?
Primary computing coordinators looking to develop their own teaching and that of their colleagues. Any primary teacher or senior leader interested in teaching computing.
If you are completely new to the computing curriculum you may benefit from our introduction to primary computing course.
01 | How computers work - Develop your knowledge of the breadth and depth of computing in upper primary. Recognise computing devices, the hardware from which they are made and how software processes data to make computers useful.
02 | Understanding and using networks - Improve your knowledge of curriculum content and what children should know about computer networks, the internet and safely navigating the associated risks. Learn about how data is transmitted between computers and how web services work, such as search engines and the World Wide Web.
03 | How search works - Find out how search engines help us find information on the web, and consider how this can be taught in your school.
04 | Using technology safely and responsibly - Help children to improve their awareness of privacy and online safety, and ensure they know how to handle content and the conduct of other people they encounter online.
05 | Online safety and the computing curriculum - Consider how computing, as part of a whole school coordinated approach, can help children to be safe and confident users of the web.
06 | Digital and media literacy - Support children to be more discerning in their consumption and creation of digital content.
How will you learn?
Scheduled live, interactive online sessions led by an experienced practitioner. Flexible facilitator-supported, participant-led sessions, involving deep exploration of the subject content.
Do you prefer to learn in a classroom?
If so, take a look at:
Teaching and leading key stage 2 computing
How long is the course?
This course is approximately 5 hours in duration, split across several days.
Please note that this course contains an additional pre-course task which will be distributed ahead of the first course session.
Other primary computing CPD;
Teaching and leading key stage 1 computing (module 1)
Primary programming and algorithms
This course is delivered as part of the National Centre for Computing Education.
- Develop your subject knowledge and teaching approaches to help children
- Understand how computers work, their constituent parts and the instructions they follow
- Recognise the many types of computer system in the world around them, making purposeful and safe use of them
- Consider their own use of technology, the benefits and risks that it brings, and know its importance in the world and their learning through development of your own subject knowledge, pedagogy and practice.