…a beginners programming course which covers both practical and conceptual understanding. Split into three sessions.
Session two: Structured Programs
7th February 2018.
Note: Places on this course are limited and offered free to teachers.
Programming is part of teaching Computing Science and let’s face it – learning to program is difficult, especially for those teachers who do not have a computing background.
Laying Firm Foundations is a Tenderfoot™ CPD course aimed at demystifying programming to teachers new to computing. Focussing on the national curriculum needs in KS2 and KS3, Laying Firm Foundations is a practical programming course which reinforces the basic constructs and data structures using freely available software. The fun activities covered in the course are ideal for transferal to the KS2/3 classroom.
The second session considers how data is held in a program and emphasises an absolutely key concept: the notion of a variable. Children don’t intuitively “get this” – it’s an abstract concept and how we introduce it can have a huge bearing on children’s understanding of programming The specific outcomes are:
Cathryn Armer is a Computing at Schools (CAS) Master Teacher. Her background is in Psychology, Business & IT, before training to be a secondary ICT teacher in 2006. Without a computing background, she is well acquainted with the struggles of learning how to program and adopting a computational thinking approach. She is now keen to ensure fellow teachers find that same path as smooth as possible.
About Tenderfoot™: The purpose of Tenderfoot courses is to broaden the outlook of teachers new to computing. The intention is to provide a buffet of resources on which teachers can draw, to enrich their computing lessons, at the same time of meeting the key aim: providing a greater depth of knowledge for teachers themselves.