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Free online course

Teaching Programming in Primary Schools

Understand key programming concepts and apply them using Scratch, with this introductory course for primary or K-5 teachers.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, starting from when you join
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course for as long as it exists on FutureLearn
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Teaching Programming in Primary Schools

Why join the course?

This free online course will provide a comprehensive introduction to programming, designed for non-subject-specialist primary or K-5 teachers.

Understand key programming concepts and apply them using Scratch

Over four weeks, we’ll introduce you to key programming concepts. You’ll have the chance to apply your understanding of them through projects, both unplugged and on a computer, using Scratch as the programming language. You’ll discover common mistakes and pitfalls, and develop strategies to fix them.

Develop ideas for teaching programming with Raspberry Pi experts and fellow educators

The course has been developed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Since launching in February 2012, it has trained thousands of teachers and engaged hundreds of thousands of young people in educational programmes, including through a network of over 6,000 Code Clubs.

Teaching Programming in Primary Schools is filled with opportunities for you to reflect on your learning, discuss your experiences with other educators on the course, and work together to develop ideas for teaching programming to your students across the curriculum.

What topics will you cover?

  • Introduction to programming, explore algorithms, and apply understanding in a range of hands-on, cross-curricular Scratch projects.
  • Explore repetition, and learn how to make use of repetition in your Scratch programs. Create your own art, music, making and animation using repeating patterns.
  • Discover variables through real-world examples and learn how to create variables by making a voting app, an interactive story and a ghost-catching game.
  • Explore the concept of selection by creating a ‘capital cities’ quiz and a program that classifies animals based on answers to yes/no questions.
  • Reflect on all of the key programming concepts to create your own final challenge project.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

  • Understanding of key programming concepts; algorithms, sequencing, repetition, variables and selection
  • Scratch as a programming language
  • Reflect on your learning and create ideas for your classroom practise
  • Knowledge of programming concepts through projects, both unplugged and digital
  • Cross curricular approach to programming

Who is the course for?

Teaching Programming in Primary Schools is designed for non-subject-specialist primary or K-5 teachers. You do not need any prior experience of programming to take part.

Who will you learn with?

Rik Cross

I am Senior Content and Curriculum Manager at the Raspberry Pi Foundation, previously a secondary ICT and Computing teacher.

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.

Buy a personalised, digital and printed certificate and transcript

You can buy a Certificate of Achievement for this course — a personalised certificate and transcript in both digital and printed formats, to prove what you’ve learnt. A Statement of Participation is also available for this course.

Certificate of Achievement + transcript £69.00

Statement of Participation £39.00

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