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Databases Unplugged

This series of activities is aimed at upper-primary school children and above, and is intended as an introduction to organising and storing data.

Kinaesthetic activities, paper-based and online tasks are used to support teaching of:

*Branching databases

*Fields and records

*Searching...

Learning to Think (Spring 2014)

This edition of the Computing at School newsletter focuses on Computational Thinking, and contains articles covering:

*The importance of computational thinking

*CTillustrated – displays of concepts of Computational Thinking

*Code Club – after-school, volunteer-led clubs for learning computing...

National STEM Learning Network: regional programme - evaluation report 2015-2016

In 2015-16, the regional Network has been found to have sustained a strong upward trajectory in the amount of CPD that it is delivering, increasing its level of CPD delivery by 45% compared to 2014-15, and surpassing the levels of CPD delivery achieved in previous years.  

The Network has also forged new...

STEM learning: primary - autumn 2015

The Primary STEM Learning Autumn magazine is an excellent read for Primary Schools Teachers. Articles include, spooky STEM activities to do for Halloween, how to incorporate science into mathematics and English lessons, and everything you will need to know about British astronaut Tim Peake blasting off into Space...

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...

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...

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...

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