Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Use Programming Vocabulary Consistently and with Confidence.


As we move closer to the implementation of the new computing curriculum at KS2, several issues come to light. One of which is that there is a new vocabulary for teachers and children to master. We know that children can cope with terms like “split vowel digraph” so, no excuses, let’s use programming terminology consistently and accurately to avoid confusion and develop an increasingly literate cohort.

Decomposing: Splitting problems into smaller parts

Programs: a set of instructions that are written and sequenced to achieve a specific goal

Algorithms: a step by step guide to achieving something

Logical reasoning: the systematic application of rules to a problem

Programming language: this converts the algorithm into code. It takes care of the details like where data is stored and how it is manipulated.

Syntax: the rules of the programming language

Select: highlighting, or otherwise, the right section of the program to edit it. In Kodu this might involve clicking on a line number before being able to edit it.

Indent: it is customary to use the tab key, or similar, to move lines of a program in to show that they are linked to other lines. As in Kodu.

Testing: Running the program in lots of different ways to make sure that it always does what is anticipated and required.

Bug: an error in a program. It might be a spelling mistake or, more likely, a fault in the logical reasoning resulting in the program doing the wrong thing.

Debugging: removing errors from the program

Sequence: making sure that the lines of program are in the right order to carry out the algorithm.

Repetition: a programming structure that allows certain lines of a program to be executed more than once

Selection: what the program does depends on what conditions are met

Variables: the way programs store data like a name or a score. A bit like boxes in which data is put and changed.

You may find these links useful for more explanations:


Monday, 10 March 2014




 All KS2 teachers are going to need to be familiar with Scatch and/or Kodu by September to enable them to deliver the new computing curriculum. We are here to helpyou. Our day courses have been really well received with excellent feedback.
 “Expertly led, giving the basics at first then leading onto challenging activities. Comprehensive course materials”

As a result there are additional opportunities to attend a day course in Scratch and/or Kodu at the e Learning Centre.

The dates are:
SCRATCH Wed 2 April
KODU Mon 31 March

 For further information contact Janet at the centre. 01159159511

Wednesday, 5 March 2014


Janet Simner

This is the question that I’m asked almost every time I meet an IT coordinator. The conversation is usually non-controversial as we discuss progression from beebots/roamers and associated software to Scratch, Logo and Kodu. However, I’ve been advocating avoiding using text based languages at upper KS2 for the moment and this can be a difficult position to defend, given some of the amazing work that is documented online.  

I was pleased to read in Miles Berry’s blog that he shares my view. He can express the argument more eloquently than me so I recommend that you read his post:

Friday, 10 January 2014

Happy New Year

... and happy new term to all our school-based colleagues!

At the end of term the e-Learning Centres ran another successful ICT Co-odinators Conference. Over 30 people attended and went to sessions on coding for early years, programming with Scratch, simple classroom online interaction tools and a really useful discussion demystifying the computing curriculum.

All the resources from the sessions will be available on the blog soon.

This year, our next significant date to look out for is the E-Saftey Conference on 13 March 2014. Look out for more details soon.

Good luck to all in this new term!

Friday, 1 November 2013

Primary Computing Conference - 29 November 2013

Demystifying the Computing Curriculum 

A one day conference hosted at the Nottingham e-Learning Centre in Top Valley, Nottingham.
8.45am - 3.30pm

During the day we will look at how to implement in your school the key elements of the Computing Curriculum for all Primary Key Stages including workshop sessions on the following:
  • Coding
  • 2 Simple Build a Profile
  • Early Years coding
  • Online class interaction
  • Demystifying the terminology with Scratch
  • Apps for coding

Book a place on the Primary Computing Conference.

Cost per participant £100.00

All participants will receive a USB stick with relevant documents and support materials for distribution in schools.

Friday, 18 October 2013

Nacce Regional Conferences 2013

Naace Regional Autumn conferences 2013

London - Nottingham - Bury

At a time when the best schools are making more use of technology than ever before, these
conferences will explore the strategic role of technology to improve learning within the new
curriculum. What are the opportunities and constraints in a back to basics curriculum? How
can we identify key methods for technology to radically improve learning?
Nottingham e-Learning Centres are part of Nottingham City Children and Families