Essential Primary Computing

Course Details

This one day course is designed to provide the essential subject knowledge a primary teacher needs to teach the new computing curriculum with confidence. You’ll learn about the processes and approaches of computational thinking, which form the golden thread running through the new curriculum, and how these can be taught through coding and other activities.

You’ll also learn the basics of computer programming using floor turtles and MIT’s Scratch tool, taking away plenty of ideas for how these can be used in class.

You look too at the inner workings of the internet, the web and Google’s search engine. The course concludes with a discussion of broader issues around planning, teaching and assessing primary computing.

Participants will:

-Learn about logical reasoning, algorithms, decomposition, generalisation and abstraction, and how these can be taught through practical activities.

- Develop practical programming projects with Bee Bots and Scratch that you can use with a class.

- Learn the difference between the internet and the web, and how search engines select and rank results.

- Take away practical ideas for developing a scheme of work for computing.

- Identify what makes for good practice in teaching computing.

- Look at how formative and summative
Course Date Mon 11 May
Duration 10:00 - 15:30
Location Wakefield
Venue Address YPO, 41 Industrial Park, Wakefield, WF2 0XE
Target Audience Key Stage 2 and Teachers, primary network managers and ICT Coordinators.
Lunch 12:30 - 13:15
Price £120
Voucher Value £95

Course Tutor

Miles is principal lecturer in Computing Education at the University of Roehampton. Prior to joining Roehampton, he spent 18 years in four schools, much of the time as an ICT coordinator and most recently as a head teacher. His research interests include the pedagogies of computer science education and informal learning. He is a former chair of Naace, the ICT subject association, and continues to serve on its board of management and is a member the management board of Computing At School and the UK Forum for Computing Education. He is a fellow of the BCS, RSA and HEA.

Over the years he has contributed to a number of computing related projects including: CAS's computer science curriculum, the national curriculum computing programmes of study, the CAS / Naace guide to the computing curriculum for primary teachers, training of CAS Master Teachers, Rising Stars Switched on Computing, Barefoot Computing, Code Club Pro's training materials and QuickStart Computing.

He gives regular keynotes and CPD workshops on computing and education technology nationwide and also has a number of international consultancy projects involving curriculum development and CPD.