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Tenderfoot "Laying Firm Foundations" Session 2: Structured Programs. Basic programming course for KS2/3 non-computing specialists

Coventry and Warwickshire

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 from 4:15 PM to 6:15 PM (GMT)

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Laying Firm Foundations (2 of 3)

…a beginners programming course which covers both practical and conceptual understanding. Split into three sessions.

Session two: Structured Programs

7th February 2018.

  • 4.15pm Meet, Coffee & Refreshments, Networking.
  • Session starts 4.30pm to 6.15pm.

Note: Places on this course are limited and offered free to teachers.

Programming is part of teaching Computing Science and let’s face it – learning to program is difficult, especially for those teachers who do not have a computing background.

Laying Firm Foundations is a Tenderfoot™ CPD course aimed at demystifying programming to teachers new to computing. Focussing on the national curriculum needs in KS2 and KS3, Laying Firm Foundations is a practical programming course which reinforces the basic constructs and data structures using freely available software. The fun activities covered in the course are ideal for transferal to the KS2/3 classroom.

The second session considers how data is held in a program and emphasises an absolutely key concept: the notion of a variable. Children don’t intuitively “get this” – it’s an abstract concept and how we introduce it can have a huge bearing on children’s understanding of programming The specific outcomes are:

  • Recognise the three key constructs used in every algorithm
  • Appreciate the centrality of a variable
  • Become more familiar with functions and procedures
  • Recognise their role in structured programming
About the Trainer:

Cathryn Armer is a Computing at Schools (CAS) Master Teacher. Her background is in Psychology, Business & IT, before training to be a secondary ICT teacher in 2006. Without a computing background, she is well acquainted with the struggles of learning how to program and adopting a computational thinking approach. She is now keen to ensure fellow teachers find that same path as smooth as possible.

About Tenderfoot™: The purpose of Tenderfoot courses is to broaden the outlook of teachers new to computing. The intention is to provide a buffet of resources on which teachers can draw, to enrich their computing lessons, at the same time of meeting the key aim: providing a greater depth of knowledge for teachers themselves.

Have questions about Tenderfoot "Laying Firm Foundations" Session 2: Structured Programs. Basic programming course for KS2/3 non-computing specialists? Contact Coventry and Warwickshire

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University of Warwick
International Manufacturing Centre
University of Warwick
CV4 7AL Coventry
United Kingdom

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 from 4:15 PM to 6:15 PM (GMT)


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CAS Hub: The Coventry and Warwickshire CAS Hub meets once a term and members are from the region surrounding Coventry and Warwickshire, including south Leicestershire. We very much welcome new members.
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