Foundation knowledge of computer science for KS2, KS3 and GCSE - remote CM426 / H01

Start date
28 Jun 22
6 Hours
Learning Method
Remote Delivered CPD


This computer science accelerator course provides teachers of KS2 and KS3 the opportunity to develop subject knowledge and apply this to creative and innovative cross curricular activities.

A high-quality computer science education equips students to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computer science forms the core of the computing national curriculum, a foundation subject and a vital aspect of a broad and balanced curriculum for all learners. If you’re new, moving towards or an existing teacher of Key Stage 2, 3 / GCSE computer science, then this course will allow you to explore the foundation subject knowledge.

The sessions within this course are designed to give you the subject knowledge around key topics such as algorithms, data representation, hardware and programming, whilst also exploring useful and engaging strategies for delivering this content in the classroom.

You'll learn how data is represented in binary and how to bring this to life through the exploration of steganography by creating pixel art with hidden messages.  Develop algorithms using a block based programming language to code the micro:bit and enable your pupils to code inside and explore outside.

During this course you will receive examples and lesson resources to use in your own classroom.

Book now and you will be automatically registered for the scheduled sessions for the course. Remote CPD courses have live, facilitator-led sessions and are not available for instant access. Please refer to the schedule of dates published for each course instance.

Who is it for?

This course is for teachers of Key Stage 2 and 3 computing who may be new to the subject, or who may have taught computing in earlier years.

What topics are covered?

01 | Introduction & data representation – during this session you’ll learn about key hardware components inside the computer and how computers use binary, convert between binary and decimal values and how images are represented by a computer.

02 | Algorithms – this session will explore what algorithms are and how they’re used in computing, you’ll begin creating your own flowchart algorithms and learn how several search and sort algorithms function. 

03 | Developing algorithms – during this session, you’ll develop your own flowchart algorithms to represent a given problem. 

04 | Programming (part 1) – learn the principle programming constructs required, including sequencing and selection, this session will begin using these constructs in a block based language. 

05 | Programming (part 2) – take the next steps with your programming knowledge by learning about iteration, in this session you will learn how to program both conditions and count controlled loops in a block based language. 

06 | Developing programs – using your knowledge from the previous programming sessions you will be supported to create your own computer programs.

How will you learn?

Scheduled live, interactive online sessions led by an experienced practitioner.

Flexible facilitator-supported, participant-led tasks, involving deep exploration of the subject content.

How long is this course?

This course is approximately six hours in duration, split across several days.

Who is the course leader?


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

  • Understand why computers use binary and be able to convert between binary and decimal values
  • Understand what an algorithm is and how to represent them by using flowcharts
  • Be able to explain how search and sort algorithms work
  • Be able to use a block based programming language using constructs sequencing, selection and iteration


1 Foundation knowledge of computer science for KS3 and GCSE (remote)28 June 202209:30-10:30Virtual
2 Foundation knowledge of computer science for KS3 and GCSE (remote)28 June 202210:45-11:45Virtual
3 Foundation knowledge of computer science for KS3 and GCSE (remote) Gap task28 June 202211:45-11:45Virtual
4 Foundation knowledge of computer science for KS3 and GCSE (remote)28 June 202213:00-14:30Virtual
5 Foundation knowledge of computer science for KS3 and GCSE (remote)28 June 202214:45-15:45Virtual
6 Foundation knowledge of computer science for KS3 and GCSE (remote) Gap task28 June 202215:45-15:45Virtual

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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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