Primary Computing - Primary Programming & Algorithms - REMOTE DELIVERY

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Primary programming and algorithms - remote (CN455 / E09) day

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Primary programming and algorithms - remote CN455 / E09 (day course)

Date: 02 Nov 2020, Time: 17:00 - 20:00 (part 1)

Date: 03 Nov 2020, Time: 19:00 - 20:00 (part 2)

Bursary available: £220 (for state-maintained schools)

Cost: Free (£220 for independent schools)

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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.

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. Teachers may wish to attend teaching and leading Key Stage 1 and Teaching and leading Key stage 2 computing before participating in this CPD The first teacher to participate in this CPD, from each primary or all-through school, will be eligible for a bursary.

Participants will:

Discover a range of different teaching techniques that are supported by research, to improve how your school delivers lessons on algorithms and programming.

Learn about debugging, sequence, repetition, selection and variable use and the common misconceptions that hinder pupil progress.

Understand what computational thinking is and how it affects the teaching of programming

Come away with lots of resources that you can use to develop how you and others understand, plan and teach computing.

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