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Programming Pedagogy in Primary Schools: Developing Computing Teaching

Investigate a range of pedagogical approaches suitable for teaching programming to primary school pupils (aged 5 to 11 years old).

Programming Pedagogy in Primary Schools: Developing Computing Teaching

  • Duration 4 weeks
  • Weekly study 2 hours
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Learn how to run a successful computer programming class

On this four-week course, you’ll examine a range of teaching methods suitable for teaching programming, particularly block-based programming languages, to primary school pupils.

You’ll look at general pedagogical concepts like Bloom’s verbs, semantic waves and cognitive load, as well as programming specific approaches such as Parson’s Problems or designing lessons using levels of abstraction.

You’ll have the chance to reflect on your current teaching practices, and how you can adapt your own lessons to take advantage of these approaches.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 2 secondsAre you a teacher who wants to develop your pedagogical knowledge to create more effective programming lessons? What taxonomies and learning theories can you use to teach programming to primary school pupils aged 5 to 11? How can you model a learning sequence as a semantic wave? This free course will teach you about pedagogical concepts like Bloom's Taxonomy, cognitive load theory, Use-Modify-Create, and Parsons problems. You'll take part in practical activities to design lessons using levels of abstraction, guided exploration, and targeted tasks. This four-week course also contains peer-led discussions, trainer interaction, and feedback on your knowledge as you progress. You can learn whenever and wherever you want.

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What topics will you cover?

  • Pedagogical Content Knowledge
  • Bloom’s taxonomy and SOLO
  • Semantic Waves
  • Instructivist and constructivist learning theories
  • Continuum of scaffolding
  • Levels of abstraction
  • Programming concepts: sequence, repetition, variables & selection.
  • Using guided exploration and targeted tasks
  • Teaching programming using “Use, Modify, Create”

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Describe a range of pedagogical approaches, including unplugged approaches, 'Use-Modify-Create', and Parson's Problems
  • Explore the key programming concepts of sequence, variables, selection, and iteration, and how these can be taught
  • Model a learning sequence as a semantic wave
  • Synthesise different pedagogies into a lesson plan
  • Evaluate the use of these pedagogical approaches in your classroom

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for teachers and subject leaders responsible for teaching programming to primary school children (5-11 years old).

You will need some basic programming knowledge but the course does revise the key programming concepts of sequence, variables, selection and iteration.

Who developed the course?

The Raspberry Pi Foundation works to put the power of digital making into the hands of people all over the world, so they are capable of understanding and shaping our increasingly digital world.

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