Programming for Primaries Day

Friday 11th March 2016

ComputerXplorers has earmarked Friday 11th March 2016 to be the date for this year's Programming for Primaries day to raise awareness of the need to introduce programming skills to children at an early age. Part of 2016's British Science Week programme of activity, it's a great way to get your school involved.

The aim of the event is to shine a spotlight on the support and resources available both directly to children and to help schools and teachers deliver great programming classes in primary schools. Coding and programming is an integral aspect to so many science and STEM-related careers these skills are key to this generation of school children's future success.

As part of that initiative, and our link with British Science Week, ComputerXplorers is offering FREE programming classes for children or for teachers.

'Year 8 is too late'

‘Year 8 is too late’ is the clear message when it comes to inspiring and encouraging children to learn programming and coding skills.

By the time they arrive at secondary school too many children have already decided that computing is not for them. Whether that self-selection is as a result of gender, economics, interest level or lack of exposure to inspiring opportunities, they miss out.

It is vital to engage and inspire children at a much younger age. In spite of some progress in recent years too many children never grasp those vital skills that enable them to become creators and not just consumers of technology and set them on a path of great career options.

Those children will forever be on the wrong side of the digital divide.

ComputerXplorers - primary programming pioneers

ComputerXplorers has pioneered the introduction of programming classes for primary school children and pre-schoolers.  Since 2006 the company’s programming and coding classes have inspired children to develop and broaden their computing skills alongside a wide range of technology classes from 3D animation and modelling to Minecraft and web design - all with computational thinking, creativity and critical thinking at their core.

We share the belief that computer skills are central to economic progress at an individual level as well as at a national level. Those skills are just as valuable to children who go on to work outside of the technology sector as they are to children aspiring to be the next Mark Zuckerberg.

Primary National Curriculum for Computing - helping schools and children

The Government’s revised national curriculum for England from September 2014 has started to put the spotlight on Computing. It places significant emphasis on teaching children how to write code.

Pupils aged five to seven will be expected to "understand what algorithms are" and to "create and debug simple programs". By the age of 11, pupils will have to "design, use and evaluate computational abstractions that model the state and behaviour of real-world problems and physical systems".

Programming for primaries week

Free programming sessions for pupils or teachers

ComputerXplorers Programming for Primaries Day

As part of the ComputerXplorers Programming for Primaries Event and our affiliation with British Science Week 2016 ComputerXplorers is providing FREE programming classes to local schools in our areas - talk to us about a date around British Science Week (11th to 20th March 2016) that suits you. Check out our areas here.

At ComputerXplorers we specialise in igniting young children’s interest in computing with accessible, engaging classes. Our classes don’t simply teach skills – they give pupils a hunger to stretch their abilities and try new things.

The free classes are available to a group of children (Year 4+) or to a group of teaching staff.

Programming for primaries

We come to you!

We will come to your school to deliver the class to your pupils or  your teaching staff, or teachers from a school cluster can group together for a combined session at one school venue.

The FREE classes will be held from March 2016 onwards.

Programming for Primaries Day is 11th March 2016 (British Science Week is 11-20 March 2016) but don't worry if that doesn't quite fit your schedule - we will work with you to arrange a time that works for you and us.

FREE programming session for primary school children

  • Children will design, program and present their own computer game using Kodu
  • Half day workshop.
  • Designed for KS2 children.
  • Access to computers will be required.

FREE programming CPD session for primary school teaching staff

  • Introduction to Programming demystifying the new computing curriculum, key terms used and an overview of a range of programming approaches including Kodu and Scratch.
  • 2 hours suitable for twilight/INSET session.
  • Appropriate for teachers and teaching assistants of KS1 and KS2 or Primary 2 to 7.
  • Access to computers will be required - we will be doing some programming!

The session will be delivered at your school.

Please register your interest now by clicking on the button below as places are limited.

Supporting ComputerXplorers Programming for Primaries Day

The drive to engage children in all aspects of computing, including coding and programming, needs to come from all parts of our community - from teachers and schools to volunteers and industry professionals alike. ComputerXplorers Programming for Primaries Day is part of that drive.

Any initiative that educates children in the exciting application, depth and breadth of coding applications in the real world has got to be a good thing. Programming for Primaries helps make coding relevant and interesting to children today, so that they will understand what they can do with it in the lives they lead tomorrow. Stuart Ball, Microsoft Education Network Programme Manager for the UK
Computer science is basically about creating new things. You can create anything and do anything - the only limit is your imagination. By equipping children with foundation technology skills through free workshops on such things as programming and in particular the computational thinking which underpins programming, we enrich their lives, their education and their future careers. Simon Humphreys, National Coordinator, Computing At School
I am determined that all young people learn the skills they need to fulfil their potential and coding is a prime example of that.

We know a significant number of jobs in the future will be in the IT industry and we want young people to be ready to take those opportunities, regardless of their background - that's why coding is part of the primary school curriculum and we have increased the focus on subjects like computing. Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Education
Computing and coding are vital skills for our modern economy, which is why we redesigned the national curriculum to ensure England's education system is a world leader in teaching computer science. It is essential that we not only give young people the skills to succeed but also guide them in making the right choices for a successful and fulfilling career. Sam Gyimah Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Education and Childcare
Creativity is one of those things that makes people special. And technology unlocks a whole raft of glorious creativity. These free workshops bring that opportunity to as many children as possible. Hey kids: Go create! Torsten Stauch, Founder and CEO of AppShed Limited
The codes and programmes that perform the trillions of instructions in the billions of computers around the globe have become embedded into the daily lives of many people in the 21st century. The British Science Association recognises the value and importance of coding and programming to society and embodies this within the ethos of British Science Week through the huge variety of events and activities. Alexis Hunter-Craig, Schools Manager, British Science Association