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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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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 provides an overview what is expected at Key Stage...
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Computational Thinker Map

This diagram supports the understanding of computational thinking, a skill in the primary computing curriculum. Students studying computing will gain an understanding of computational systems of all kinds, whether or not they include computers. Computational thinking is the thought processes involved in problems...
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‘I can’ Statements for the Primary Computing Curriculum

These ‘I can’ statements support assessment of the new primary computing programme of study from Reception to Year Six. The strands covered are programming, e-safety, multimedia, data handling and technology in our lives and is based on Somerset’s eLIM's progression plans. This resource has been produced by eLIM (e...
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Squishy circuits classroom guide

Squishy Circuits are a great way to take modelling further by introducing batteries and components. Use Squishy circuits (conductive and insulative play dough) to create the circuits and realise part of a design. Comprehensive classroom guidance for ideas in using this in fun and inspiring ways.
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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 computing as...
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Computational Thinking

This 'concept card' from the Barefoot collection explains 'computational thinking': *What it is *Why it is important *What it looks like in the primary curriculum *How to find out more It supports teacher understanding to improve their teaching of the Barefoot activities.
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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*Joint planning between...
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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 share...
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What is Simulation?

This guide sheet from the Barefoot project explains simulation for the benefit of teachers, including what it is and why it is used. The use of simulations in the primary computing curriculum is explained, with links to the National Curriculum in each primary school key stage. The guide links to, and supports, a range...
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