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Primary programming and algorithms

Discover engaging and effective ways to help children use computational thinking.

Programming and algorithms are fundamental to the primary computing curriculum. Algorithms are clear and unambiguous instructions to solve problems which can often be translated using a programming language for a computer to follow. By thinking computationally, children can harness the power of computers to extend their capabilities.

Teachers may wish to attend 'Teaching and leading Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2 computing' before participating in this CPD.

During this one-day professional development, you will discover engaging and effective ways to help children use computational thinking. You will be equipped to develop their knowledge of how technology works, and the skills to make computers follow instructions in simple programs. A range of approaches will be explored, including ‘unplugged’ activities that require no computer, 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.

This course is delivered as part of the National Centre for Computing Education through their regional hub based at Maidstone Grammar School for Girls.

How to book

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Maidstone Grammar School for Girls


Buckland Road, Maidstone, Kent ME16 0SF


£35 for state-funded schools - £220 for independent schools

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