Programming and Computational Thinking: A starting point for primary teachers
FORMAT: Full day
Shenley Church End
Milton Keynes MK5 6EX
Thursday 20th November 2014
£185 per participant
2 weeks prior to start date
To apply for this course or make an enquiry please click the link below.
On this course you will develop knowledge and skills to help you teach the new
Computing curriculum, due to become mandatory in 2014. You will learn how to
adapt and extend activities currently undertaken in both KS1 and KS2 to embrace
the new requirements.
You will find out how familiar activities involving simple sequencing work in digital
storytelling, floor robots and other programming‐like acitvities can be used to
support the new curriculum, and you will explore activities away from the computer
which illustrate important aspects of “computational thinking”, with games and
problem solving as key drivers. Throughout the day you will be encouraged to make
links to other areas of the curriculum including the core areas of English and
This course is aimed at: ICT subject co‐ordinators, KS2 teachers, Heads/Deputies
responsible for curriculum.
The course has been developed as part of a collaboration between the Science
Learning Centre at Bayfordbury, and the University of Hertfordshire’s School of
Education and School of Computer Science. It will be led by Mike Platt from the UH
School of Education.
The course will give you a better understanding of the proposed new
curriculum in Computing.
You will be able to:
• Use appropriate computing terminology (e.g. algorithm, program, sequence,
• Develop an understanding of progression in teaching computing concepts.
• Link computing to other areas of the curriculum.
• Use a variety of resources and generate new ideas and activiies to engage
children in computing