We deliver a wide range of courses around the North of England to help teachers develop their skills to deliver the new curriculum. We offer courses in teaching basic programming up to using the Raspberry Pi to control lights and robots.

We use a range of venues throughout the North of England. All courses are delivered by an experienced primary teacher who has had many years experience teaching programming in the primary classroom.

Our courses also cover assessment and explain to teachers how to understand the progression in primary computing.

Our courses

Introduction to programming for primary teachers

  • Doncaster Holiday Inn Dec 10th
  • Newcastle  Biscuit Factory Jan 9th
  • Leeds Jan 16th
  • York Feb 9th

 

This course is an introduction to teachers who are worried about teaching programming. It introduces the ideas behind a computer program, some simple ways of introducing these concepts to children and introduces Scratch – a block based program which makes learning programming easy and accessible to primary children.

Using Scratch to teach programming.
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By the end of the course, teachers will understand what a program is, some key programming concepts and will be able to introduce programming to their pupils.

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Teachers on the Ambleside course

 

Lots of lesson ideas will be given and delegates will be able to feel confident teaching basic programming in the classroom.

All courses are from 9.30 to 4pm. Lunch is provided as is all equipment.  You are welcome to bring your own laptop if you want but Scratch should be pre installed.

All venues are easily accessible by motorway and have plenty of parking and free wi-fi.

Cost £150

To book, please click here.

Beyond Scratch – how to use text based programming languages in the primary classroom

  • Keswick Country House Hotel Jan 10th
  • Nottingham Feb 25th

Do you want to challenge your pupils, introduce them to text based programming and make them think?

This course will introduce you to several easy to use and free text based languages which can be easily used in the primary classroom. You’ll learn how text based languages can be used to create music and to draw a range of mathematical shapes and art in a way that challenges and stimulates children.

What will you learn:

  • The basic concepts of text programming so you understand the key words and ideas.
  • What a program is and how to introduce the concept to your class.
  • How to code music using text based programming.
  • How to design mathematical shapes and art with simple code
  • The importance of accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar in coding
  • How to teach concepts such as functions, variables and repeats
  • How text based language improves mathematical thinking
  • How text based language encourages problem solving and creative thinking
  • The ease with which simple code changes affect the whole program
  • How text based programming is able to stretch and challenge children

All courses are from 9.30 to 4pm. Lunch is provided as is all equipment.  You are welcome to bring your own laptop if you want to download the software.

All venues are easily accessible by motorway and have plenty of parking and free wi-fi.

Cost £150

To book, please click here.

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