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13th January 2022 - Teaching KS1 Computing – Module 1

Computing is a rich and relevant subject. It includes the foundational knowledge of computer science; the applications of information technology and the implications for digital literacy in the modern world.

Computing is a rich and relevant subject. It includes the foundational knowledge of computer science; the applications of information technology and the implications for digital literacy in the modern world.

This CPD; first of two modules, aims to give you confidence in teaching the whole of the key stage 1 computing curriculum.

By unpicking the curriculum you’ll gain a clear vision of the expectations for this key stage. You will develop your knowledge of computers in all their forms, as well as the benefits and the risks associated with connecting them across the internet. You'll also discover easy-to-implement and age-appropriate data collection, analysis and sharing methods and projects.

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24th January 2022 - Primary Programming & Algorithms

Programming and algorithms are fundamental to the primary computing curriculum. Algorithms are clear and repeatable instructions to solve problems that can often be expressed in a programming language for a computer to follow. Using their knowledge of algorithms and programming, children can harness the power of computers to extend their capabilities and change the world. During this CPD, you will discover engaging and effective ways to help children use computational thinking. You’ll help them develop their knowledge of how technology works, and the skills to make computers follow instructions through simple programs. A range of approaches will be explored, including ‘unplugged’ activities that require no computer. You’ll also gain confidence in leading programming and multimedia activities that allow creativity and promote widespread engagement. The professional development will highlight the differences and commonalities across Key Stages 1 and 2, helping all primary teachers to plan for age-appropriate learning while developing an understanding of progression through computing.

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7th February 2022 - Computing on a Budget

This course aims to support teachers and subject leads in providing the best computing experience for all children by using existing devices and equipment in school. You will identify any existing barriers to teaching computing within your setting and explore ways to overcome these and develop strategies for ensuring effective teaching of computing. As well as considering different pedagogical approaches to computing delivery and how pupils learn computing skills. You will explore activities to teach computing without equipment and strategies for teaching with a limited amount of equipment. You will also find out about the physical computing kits that may be loaned from the Computing Hubs and how to use the devices available to teach relevant topics.

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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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