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Computing in the National Curriculum: a Guide for Primary Teachers

This document, produced by Computing at School, is to support the teaching and learning of computing in primary school. The introduction explains the context of the document with computing being included in the 2014 national curriculum in England.

Getting started...

Computing without computers

This book aims to be a gentle introduction to the main concepts of computer programming and the related subject of data structures and algorithms. Rather than focusing on particular programming languages that can appear alien and incomprehensible to beginners, it concentrates on the underlying concepts common to a...

Making a Difference to Professional Practice

The National STEM Learning Centre and Network supports the teaching and learning of science, design and technology, computing, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in schools and colleges throughout the United Kingdom, from primary level to post-16.

We enable educators and partner organisations to...

STEM Learning magazine: primary - summer 2016

This STEM Learning magazine aimed at all primary teachers contains articles devoted to teaching science, mathematics, design and technology and computing at primary level. Articles include: 

  • What does primary STEM look like?
  • Taking the next step in coding
  • Could the...

STEM Learning magazine: primary - spring 2016

This STEM Learning magazine aimed at all primary teachers contains articles and interviews looking at ideas, hints and tips for teaching science, mathematics, design and technology and computing at primary level. Articles include: 

  • How to effectively teach mathematics skills for science to increase...

Designing and Building Software at Key Stage One

From the Nuffield Foundation, these activities allow children to work in teams to design and build a piece of interactive, multimedia presentation software for other children to enjoy and learn from. The teams produce one final product and test their design ideas on the target audience, which may be another class...

Teaching the KS2 Role Play Lesson

In this resource from Teachers TV Alison Clough and Claire Caulfield from St Benet's Roman Catholic Primary School, County Durham, team-teach a lesson on the importance of healthy eating to Year Five students.

The students are asked to plan and make a news report, which encourages them to think about the...

Shut Down or Restart? The Way Forward for Computing in UK Schools

This report is the outcome of a project initiated by the Royal Society in August 2010. The project was prompted by a high degree of concern about aspects of the provision of education in Computing in UK schools. The project was guided by an Advisory Group that brought together individuals and representatives with a...

The Raspberry Pi Education Manual

This resource is designed as an introduction to activities available using a Raspberry Pi computer. The introduction explains:
*what a Raspberry Pi is: a small, affordable yet powerful computer
*what can be learnt from this manual: how to perform simple programming and the basics of computer science...

Computing Concept Cards

Used to support teaching of computing in primary schools, these information sheets offer primary teachers an explanation of the six key concepts of computational thinking as defined by CAS (Computing at School).

The resource, created by the Barefoot Computing project, would prove useful to teachers new to...

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