Authentic contexts for primary computing CK405 / D01

Start date
4 Jul 22
6 Hours
Learning Method
Remote Delivered CPD


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

What topics are 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

Who is the course leader?


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


1 Authentic contexts for primary computing04 July 202209:00-10:30Virtual
2 Authentic contexts for primary computing04 July 202210:30-12:00Virtual
3 Authentic contexts for primary computing04 July 202212:30-14:00Virtual
4 Authentic contexts for primary computing04 July 202214:00-15:30Virtual

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Additional information

Our remote CPD courses for teachers are delivered across a series of sessions run at specific times and dates. Information on all course sessions can be found under the description of each course. To complete a course, all sessions are mandatory.

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