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".
Rising to the Primary Computing challenge
It may be a challenge for non specialist teachers in the Primary sector to deliver the new curriculum for computing and know where to go to find resources. The support is out there from a broad cross-section of the community.
Programming for Primaries Week will provide a platform for like-minded organisations to communicate the benefits of programming for younger children and help make teachers more aware of the rich seam of resources that are available for primary and pre-schools.
Among the activities planned for the Programming for Primaries Event are FREE regional programming workshops either for teachers or for children.
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.
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
FREE programming CPD session for primary school teaching staff
The session will be delivered at your school.
Please register your interest now by clicking on the button below as places are limited.
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.
If you would like to get involved in activities to support the Programming for Primaries Week please contact us here.
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