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Authentic contexts for primary computing

CP405 Live remote training course

Explore ways to introduce contexts relating to cross-curricular topics, everyday life, and the wider world. These strategies will enable pupils to understand the practical applications of computing and explore career opportunities in an informal way.

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Live remote training course 6 hours

  • Live remote training 8 February 09:30—8 February 2022
  • Live remote training 23 February 09:00—23 February 2022

Using authentic contexts in computing is a route to enable pupils to engage with often quite abstract and challenging ideas. Providing familiar or real-world contexts can help show children how computing is integral to the world around them and support learning as it feels
relevant to them.
This course looks at reasons why a context-based approach for primary computing may benefit learning. It considers what authentic contexts maybe including: topics, stories, real-life and work contexts. You will have a go at various context-based computing activities and evaluate which support the aims of the computing curriculum.
Sessions will be structured to support teachers to plan ideas that meet the needs of the pupils in their school, whilst developing their awareness of computing

Who is it for?

Primary teachers and Primary computing leads

Topics covered

  • why teach through context?
  • learning through the context of the Wider World
  • exploring existing resources
  • using stories to develop context
  • developing computing through everyday contexts
  • planning for context-based computing


By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • recognise why and how authentic contexts support learning in computing
  • understand how to structure teaching using contextualised learning ensuring computing objectives are met
  • take-away a selection of resources and techniques to support the teaching of computing using authentic contexts for different year groups

This course is part of Teach primary computing

Teach primary computing

Our nationally recognised qualification will support you to demonstrate your commitment to developing your own practice and to computing as a school subject.

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