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3rd March 2022 - Teaching KS1 Computing – Module 2

Following on from the first module, this CPD aims to give you confidence in teaching the whole of the key stage 1 computing curriculum.

Building on your knowledge of computer science, you will dive deeper into digital literacy and information technology. You will take-away engaging ways to use software creatively, supporting other areas of curriculum learning. Combining free and accessible online tools, you will develop the skills and ideas to support creative projects produced by your children. You’ll also gain a clear understanding of how the computing curriculum relates to whole-school online safety practice.

Book now and you will be automatically registered for the scheduled sessions for the course. Remote CPD courses have live, facilitator-led sessions and are not available for instant access. Please refer to the schedule of dates published for each course instance.

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9th March 2022 - Physical Computing Kit – KS2 Crumble

Physical computing involves programming digital devices to sense and interact with the world – an engaging alternative to screen-only activity. It touches upon many areas of the computing curriculum, bringing subject knowledge and programming skills to engaging and enjoyable classroom activities.
 
The Crumble Controller is an easy-to-use programmable device, ideal for physical computing in primary schools. It is capable of driving two motors. With 4 input / output terminals, children can connect LEDs, switches and other interesting add-ons.
 
During this CPD you’ll explore how Crumble can be used in the classroom, with blocks of code ‘snapping’ together in an easy-to-use, Scratch-like environment suitable for key stage 2. You’ll find out how to setup the device, how to make use of input and output terminals and explore how to use the device with children. The CPD will help you gain confidence in teaching using Crumble, and the free Teach Computing Curriculum.
 
The National Centre for Computing Education has developed a Crumble physical computing kit that can be borrowed from your local Computing Hub, following your CPD.
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15th March 2022 - Assessing Computational Thinking in Primary School

Computational thinking lies at the heart of the national curriculum. It includes the key building blocks for success in computing such as using abstraction to simplify problems, or how to decompose problems into smaller chunks. As computational thinking skills develop children become more adept at applying logic, spotting patterns, planning algorithms and evaluating computer programs.
 
This CPD includes easily applied, practical approaches to assessing the development of computational thinking, helping you to gauge what is expected at learners as they progress through primary school. By supporting the development of key subject skills, you will equip children for the next stage of their education.
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25th March 2022 - Outstanding Primary Computing for All

Some children seem to naturally flourish in computing, while others need more support to reach their potential. This CPD aims to give every child an outstanding computing education in primary school, opening up future study and employment routes and closing attainment gaps while building a coalition of learner support of teachers, peers and families. 

You'll consider how cultural and other influences affect outcomes in computing, including the impact on girls and other groups of children. Using a range of sources of evidence you'll examine the relationship between computing and the rest of the curriculum, leading to better integration of this relatively new subject. You'll plan how to raise the knowledge and digital skills of your colleagues, ensuring positive attitudes towards computing in all areas of the curriculum. 

You'll have time and support to consider how your school's computing curriculum would stand up to scrutiny, and how you can provide equitable and inspirational learning for every child in authentic, collaborative and engaging contexts.

This course is delivered as part of the National Centre for Computing Education.

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