Primary programming and algorithms CH003 / B01

Start date
25 Feb 19
1 Day
University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield Campus, College Lane, Hatfield AL10 9AB View on Google Map


This course is delivered as part of the National Centre for Computing Education.

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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.

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.

The first teacher to participate in this CPD, from each priority primary or priority all-through school, will attend for free and will be eligible for a bursary.

Priority schools are those located in Local Authority Districts 5 and 6: see this map to check eligibility or contact us for details.

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You will be able to help children:

  • Think and plan clearly, recognizing the capabilities and limitations of computers.
  • Be able to follow and improve sequences of instructions contained in algorithms, and deduce why errors may occur
  • Use Scratch, a block-based programming language, to write their own computer programs and to improve them after evaluation.
  • Use several Scratch blocks, including those which allow programs to follow different paths and that affect what is seen or heard as output.


Primary programming and algorithms - day 125 February 201913:00-18:00University of Hertfordshire


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