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Lessons in Teaching Computing in Primary Schools

Lessons in Teaching Computing in Primary Schools

Second Edition
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June 2017 | 176 pages | Learning Matters
Whether you are currently teaching or training to teach the primary computing curriculum, you need to know what effective teaching of computing in primary schools actually looks like. Written for non specialists and trainees, this book uses exemplar primary computing lessons as a starting point for developing subject knowledge. It's a unique but tried and tested approach to developing your computing subject knowledge alongside your teaching practice. 

The current computing curriculum is explored in manageable chunks and there is no "scary" tech speak; everything is explained clearly and accessibly. You will find example lesson plans alongside every element of the curriculum that can be adapted to suit different year groups and different schools. This resourceful guide inspires an approach to teaching computing that is about creativity and encouraging problem solving using technology as a tool.  

This book is part of the Lessons in Teaching series and includes additional online resources on its accompanying website.

Algorithms and computational thinking in Key Stage 1
Programming in KS1
Manipulating digital data in KS1
Programming in KS2
Physical Computing in KS2
Understanding computer networks in KS2
Searching wisely for digital information in KS2
Using technology purposefully in KS2
Purposeful technology across the curriculum - supporting enquiry using tablets
Extending computing to meet individual needs in KS2
Embedding computational thinking: moving from graphical to text-based languages


I have found this book to include lots of helpful information for my learners.

Mr Luke Jeffery
Vocational Education, Peter Symond's College
January 26, 2024

A brilliant and comprehensive text that is full of great and practical ideas and guidance for teaching Computing in the primary classroom!

Mr Ed Carr
Primary Education Dept, Plymouth Marjon University
July 11, 2022

Clear guidance on teaching computing across KS1 and 2

Faculty Of Education (Ormskirk), Edge Hill University
August 5, 2022

An 'easy to navigate' book with example lessons and reflective questions to support the learner all the way.

Mrs Dawn Burnham
Early Years, Farnborough College of Technology
May 22, 2018
Key features


  • Includes information on new apps and other resources for teaching
  • A new chapter on teaching with tablets in the primary classroom

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