Planning Computing

How to plan a Primary Computing Scheme of Work


iCompute Primary Computing Scheme

Primary Computing Scheme

Many teachers are tasked with planning computing schemes of work for their schools.

Having produced many for iCompute, I know how huge and time consuming the task is.  Here I share my tips about how to plan a computing scheme of work which ensures your school has a broad, balanced, rich and progressive scheme of work that will engage and challenge pupils of all abilities.

  1. Use free software and tools – you don’t need to buy a thing in order to meet the objectives of the computing curriculum
  2. Practice – helps you understand the knowledge, skills and understanding the software and tools help develop
  3. Look for progression – you will start to see that particular tools are suitable for specific age groups
  4. Look for full coverage – Computing is not just about coding
  5. Understand how to assess computing – know where your pupils are and where they need to go next
  6. Adapt – make it fit your school, staff and needs of your pupils

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Primary Computing Curriculum – planning guidance

Primary Computing Wordle

I started teaching computing to primary pupils in 2011 and, in 2013, when I excitedly reported to colleagues that it would become statutory in 2014 was regarded with looks of horror.  I began to understand that perhaps not everyone would see the subject in as positive light as myself!  The draft programme of study and its subsequent final form did not help matters.  Littered with unfamiliar terminology about a subject most have never been trained to teach, primary teachers across the UK began to have palpitations and looked for help.

First call, Googling resources and schemes of work.  Unsurprisingly there was (and still is)  little to go on.  Lack of expertise in the primary sector means there’s not an abundance of materials that will help schools teach the new curriculum.

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