Primary Computing

Welcome to CAS Primary

Do you teach or plan to teach Primary Computing? Do you support or lead computing in your school? Want to get started but not sure where to begin? Look no further! Computing At School can help develop computing in your school.

Teaching Primary Computing

Here are some fantastic free resources to support your teaching:

  • Quick Start Primary Guide
    QuickStart Computing is a set of resources that address the subject knowledge and the subject-specific pedagogy teachers need in order to plan, each and assess the primary computing curriculum effectively and confidently.

  • Barefoot Computing
    Barefoot have a great selection of cross-curricular resources which are easy to teach and fun to learn. There are over 60 lessons which bring primary computing to life with or without a computer as well as jargon-free online guides. All the resources are free to download.

  • The Teach Computing Curriculum
    The Teach Computing curriculum contains everything you need to teach computing at key stages 1 & 2 including lesson plans, slides, worksheets, homework and assessment. All the content is completely free to access, and has been created by subject experts, based on the latest pedagogical research and teacher feedback.

  • Code Club resources
    Visit the Code Club website to access a selection of free coding projects which introduce children to a variety of coding languages. These projects are free to download and teach children how to create games, animations and more with code.

  • Online Safety resources
    The following organisations offer free resources to schools:

Are you a trainee teacher? In addition to these resources, CAS have suggested reading list recommendations which complement the reading lists from your training organisation.

Leading Primary Computing

If you have been asked to lead computing in your school, here are some great tips to get you started:

  1. Join your local CAS community

    CAS communities are local meetings run by teachers for teachers. Community meetings are a great opportunity to: meet other computing teachers; share ideas and resources; receive informal training and gain mutual support from colleagues. You can search for your nearest CAS community here.

    Once you have found it, don’t forget to click on the “Join this Community” button to be linked in. There is no limit to the number of communities you can be associated with, so please feel free to join as many communities as you would like.

  2. Download the Quick Start Primary Guide

    Quickstart Computing is a set of resources that address the subject knowledge and the subject-specific pedagogy teachers need in order to plan, teach and assess the primary computing curriculum effectively and confidently.

  3. Book a free Barefoot Workshop

    Barefoot can help you get started with a free computational thinking workshop led by a Barefoot volunteer who can introduce the fabulous and free Barefoot resources to your school. A second programming workshop is also available which is designed to help you and your colleagues take your knowledge to the next level.

  4. Sign up to the NCCE (National Centre for Computing Education)

    The NCCE offers teachers courses and accreditation, bursaries for training, a free computing curriculum and community support. Teachers can complete the Primary Computing Certificate - a nationally recognised qualification.

  5. Start a Code Club

    Any teacher can set up and run a Code Club, whether you are familiar with coding or completely new to it — because you will learn alongside the pupils. The free projects take the work out of session planning, and no special equipment is needed.

  6. Download the CAS Primary Leaders pack

    (Text coming soon)

  7. Complete the CAS Primary Self-Review Tool

    This self-review tool will give you guidance as to the position of your school in relation to the teaching of Computing. It is intended to be used as a guide to inform further development to (a) support teaching staff in their transition from ICT to Computing, and (b) enable Computing to be embedded in the school as part of a broad and balanced curriculum.

  8. Explore these online safety resources

    The following organisations offer free resources for schools:

Resources

Here you will find primary resources produced by CAS community members to support the teaching of computing. All are free to download! Happy browsing!

In addition there are many videos available on the Computing at School YouTube Channel "CAS TV" - Primary Channel

Community Events

Many of our communities are led by primary specialists, and you are very welcome to attend any of these. Please check out our events page for more information.

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