April 29, 2013

Training – Programming

Schools are increasingly seeing the benefits of teaching their children to program and it forms an important part of the new National Curriculum. Programming helps pupils develop problem-solving and thinking skills while engaging with technology. Computing Champions can guide your staff through how to use a range of programming technologies. Whether you require guidance on how to get year one children to input instructions or to enable year six to create games they can share online, we can help.

Watch this short video from code.org to see why programming is so important:

What does the training involve?

All training can be tailored to your school’s specific needs. A typical session includes:

  • Why program?
  • Barriers and solutions to implementing programming
  • Progression of skills across the Primary school
  • Teaching programming principles away from the computer
  • Hands-on programming with various technologies (linked to the National Curriculum programme of study), focusing on: algorithms, sequencing, selection, variables, repetition and inputs / outputs
  • Integrating programming into the curriculum
  • Opportunities for going beyond the National Curriculum programme of study

The training is ideally provided over a whole day (or two half-day / twilight sessions), which will enable participants to have time using each programming technology with Computing Champions’ guidance. During the session, we’ll also identify opportunities on how to include programming within your existing curriculum. Alternatively, a stand alone, half-day / twilight Key Stage specific tutorial can be delivered.

Computing Champions are also able to offer half-day / twilight training on specific programming technologies, such as Scratch or Kodu, with a particular emphasis on gaining confidence with the tools and their use in the classroom. You may also wish to consider our iPad “Programming and app creation” session on our iPad course.

Who is the training for?

Typically management and teachers, although other staff members with an interest in improving writing standards or those likely to be involved in lessons, such as teaching assistants and governors, are welcome to attend.

How much does it cost?

The prices outlined below include an initial consultation with your school to ensure you’ll get the most from our training. Discounts are available for bookings of multiple training packages. 

Half day / twilight session: £300

Full day session: £450