Computer Programming (using Scratch)

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Course Aims:

  • develop teachers confidence in delivery of basic computer programming,
  • demonstrate how National Curriculum PoS in Computing can be met using Scratch (free software),
  • demonstrate progression in programming skills,
  • provide step by step instructions (resources) to support teacher subject knowledge,

 

Strategic Lead School:          Heap Bridge Village Primary School

Course Facilitators:                 Marcus Cockcroft / Dannielle Hornsby

 

Course Overview:

Many teachers still report a lack of confidence in the teaching of programming skills across Key Stage 2. This full day course starts with a basic introduction to the basic principles of the Scratch programming language and progresses throughout the day to more demanding concepts. Teachers are supported throughout the day with well-structured resources which are available to take away at the end of the course.

Scratch is a free visual programming language developed by the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)and is used by students, scholars, teachers and parents to easily create animations, games, etc. It provides a stepping stone to the more advanced world of computer programming.

 

Audience:

KS2 teachers wanting to develop confidence in the use of Scratch (also suitable for complete beginners)

 

Course Cost:

                        £75 per delegate (up to 20 people)

 

Additional Notes:

                        The course will likely be based on the use of Scratch 1.6 (to minimise need for internet).

                        Scratch 2.0 is web based but includes some additional features to version 1.6.