Whether you are currently teaching or training to teach the primary computing curriculum, you need to know what effective teaching of computing in primary schools actually looks like. Written for non specialists and trainees, this book uses exemplar primary computing lessons as a starting point for developing subject knowledge. It's a unique but tried and tested approach to developing your computing subject knowledge alongside your teaching practice.
The current computing curriculum is explored in manageable chunks and there is no "scary" tech speak; everything is explained clearly and accessibly. You will find example lesson plans alongside every element of the curriculum that can be adapted to suit different year groups and different schools. This resourceful guide inspires an approach to teaching computing that is about creativity and encouraging problem solving using technology as a tool.
This book is part of the Lessons in Teaching series and includes additional online resources on its accompanying website.
About the Author
Helen Caldwell is the curriculum lead for Primary Computing in Teacher Education at the University of Northampton. Her teaching covers the use of technology across primary subjects, implementing the computing curriculum and assistive technologies for SEN.
Table of Contents
Algorithms and computational thinking in Key Stage 1Programming in KS1Manipulating digital data in KS1Programming in KS2Physical Computing in KS2Understanding computer networks in KS2Searching wisely for digital information in KS2Using technology purposefully in KS2Purposeful technology across the curriculum - supporting enquiry using tabletsExtending computing to meet individual needs in KS2Embedding computational thinking: moving from graphical to text-based languages