Programming is being (re-)introduced in English primary schools as part of the reformulated National Curriculum and this is certainly A Good Thing.
One worry, though, is whether there are enough teachers with the basic skills in programming needed to teach. I am pretty certain there are not: hence the importance of volunteer schemes such as “Code Club”.
I think there is scope for a text that gives teachers some familiarity with key programming concepts, using MIT’s Scratch language/environment and so I am making a stab at writing such a text for electronic distribution.
Let’s see how far I get.
- Gove’s New National Curriculum: Garden Path or Right Track? – The Backbencher (educationechochamber.wordpress.com)
- New curriculum in England ‘to match world’s best’ (schoolsimprovement.net)
- ‘Tough and rigorous’ new national curriculum published (guardian.co.uk)
- National rankings to be introduced for primary school pupils at year 6 (schoolsimprovement.net)
- Five-year-olds to programme computers under new curriculum (foxnews.com)
- Primary Code | Jon Butterworth | Life & Physics (guardian.co.uk)