Primary school teachers across
The scheme aims to help primary school teachers implement the new computing curriculum which comes into force in September. It is being led by BCS,
The Barefoot Computing project will provide cross-curricular computer science resources for primary school teachers with no previous computer science knowledge. Teachers will gain an understanding of ideas and concepts such as algorithms, abstraction and data structures, how they occur naturally in many other disciplines they teach, and how they can be simplified to introduce these principles to children as young as aged 5.
BT is also adding further support to the classroom by making ScratchJr, a new programming tool specifically aimed at 5-7 year olds, available in
Children can access the application, developed at the
Primary heads and teachers will be taking part in the first
"Teachers will be a key part of this and we want them to have the confidence and expertise to teach this exciting programme. That's why we've invested more than Pounds3million in innovative training schemes, like the Barefoot Computing project, which will help equip primary school teachers to deliver the new curriculum."
Commenting on the launch of the
"For example, making up a dance routine for something as simple as the Hokey Cokey to impress our friends, figuring out how to streamline a supply chain business process, developing a computer simulation to model how a new antibiotic will impact on the immune system, or just doing long multiplication, are all examples of using algorithms to solve problems. By demystifying concepts like algorithms we aim to give teachers the confidence that they can successfully teach the new computing curriculum to children from the age of 5."
"We're also taking action to engage young children in computer science by bringing ScratchJr to
Between now and
Run by volunteer professionals, including those from BT and the ICT and education sectors, these events will introduce the new computing curriculum to teachers and will explain the support available to them through Barefoot and other related projects.
The project will create primary school-friendly classroom resources that exemplify how to teach computing through topics that are relevant to the cross-curricula primary school environment.
For example, the materials provided will cover how to write computer games and other classroom computing activities for children from Year 1 (age 5) to Year 6 (age 10/11) that also support progression in subjects such as literacy, maths, history and science.
The resources will include teacher support notes, and in addition to the Barefoot workshops, the project team will also develop Barefoot communities enabling teachers to share ideas and good practice around teaching computing with other primary teachers.
The Barefoot Computing project is one of several projects being run by BCS and CAS to help teachers prepare for September. Other projects include:
* CAS Network of Teaching Excellence in Computer Science; a network of Master Teachers offering fellow teachers CPD training and support. It includes over 750 schools and 70 universities
* QuickStart Computing, sponsored by
* Scholarships to encourage more people to become computing teachers
Further information about all the projects and how to get involved can be found at: www.bcs.org/academy or www.computingatschool.org.uk or www.barefootcas.org.uk
ScratchJr is a collaboration between the
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