Teaching Programming in Primary Schools

Free Online course
Teaching Programming in Primary Schools
5 February 2018

Understand key programming concepts and apply them using Scratch, with this introductory course for primary or K-5 teachers.

Understand key programming concepts and apply them using Scratch.

This free online course will provide a comprehensive introduction to programming, designed for non-subject-specialist primary or K-5 teachers.

Over four weeks, we’ll introduce you to key programming concepts. You’ll have the chance to apply your understanding of them through projects, both unplugged and on a computer, using Scratch as the programming language. You’ll discover common mistakes and pitfalls, and develop strategies to fix them.

What topics will you cover?
  1. Introduction to programming, explore algorithms, and apply understanding in a range of hands-on, cross-curricular Scratch projects.
  2. Explore repetition, and learn how to make use of repetition in your Scratch programs. Create your own art, music, making and animation using repeating patterns.
  3. Discover variables through real-world examples and learn how to create variables by making a voting app, an interactive story and a ghost-catching game.
  4. Explore the concept of selection by creating a ‘capital cities’ quiz and a program that classifies animals based on answers to yes/no questions.
  5. Reflect on all of the key programming concepts to create your own final challenge project.

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...
  • Understanding of key programming concepts; algorithms, sequencing, repetition, variables and selection.
  • Scratch as a programming language.
  • Reflect on your learning and create ideas for your classroom practise.
  • Knowledge of programming concepts through projects, both unplugged and digital.
  • Cross curricular approach to programming.

Who is the course for?
Teaching Programming in Primary Schools is designed for non-subject-specialist primary or K-5 teachers. You do not need any prior experience of programming to take part.

What software or tools do you need?
Learners need access to Scratch.

Who will you learn with?
Rik Cross, I am Senior Content and Curriculum Manager at the Raspberry Pi Foundation, previously a secondary ICT and Computing teacher.


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