NTU to host computing training day

Nottingham Trent University is to host a training day for primary school teachers as they prepare for the new computing curriculum

Organised by Rising Stars in association with Computing At School (CAS) and ICT specialists Naace, the event aims to demystify the National Curriculum for Computing in Primary Schools. No specialist knowledge is required.

Topics covered include:

  • The computing curriculum explained – what primary teachers need to know
  • Computing in Key Stage 1 – learning computing without computers
  • Algorithms in Key Stage 1 and 2 – unpicking the language of computing
  • Embedding computing into a creative curriculum – planning computing into subject-led topics and themed learning
  • Coding and programming in Key Stage 2 – using computer-based applications
  • Inspiring and engaging pupils in Key Stage 2 – using Lego to bring computing alive
  • Robots and control – using interactive toys, models and robots to teach computing.

“From September schools must start teaching computer science, emcompassing digital literacy and information technology. Rather than ICT involving different software packages they will be engaging learners with programming,“ said Dr Helen Boulton, a principal lecturer at Nottingham Trent University’s School of Education.

She added: “The training day will help teachers understand the requirements and vocabulary of the new curriculum and give them hands-on experience of how to engage children as young as five in this key area of education.”

It will be held at Nottingham Trent University’s Clifton Campus on March 12, 2014.

To book places visit www.risingstarsuk.com/computingevents