Programming for Primaries Week

26th January to 1st February 2015

ComputerXplorers has earmarked 26th January – 1st  February 2015 to be the date for this year's Programming for Primaries week to raise awareness of the need to introduce programming skills to children at an early age.

The aim of the week 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.

As part of that initiative 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".

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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 Programming for Primaries Week are FREE regional programming workshops either for teachers or for children.


Free programming sessions for pupils or teachers

ComputerXplorers Programming for Primaries Week

As part of the ComputerXplorers Programming for Primaries Week ComputerXplorers is providing FREE programming classes to local schools in our areasCheck 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.

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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 January 2015 onwards.

Programming for Primaries Week is 26th January to 1st February 2015 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 unique smart phone app using AppShed.
  • 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.

 

Get Involved

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.

Supporting Programming for Primaries Week

 

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