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[February 09, 2014]

ComputerXplorers Oxfordshire Offers Free Programming Workshops to Primary Schools

(Cision Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Oxfordshire Schools and Children get a head start on the new computing curriculum as Educational Specialist Offers Free Programming Workshops From September, primary schools throughout the country will have to teach new computing classes with the emphasis on how to code and programme, following Education Secretary Michael Gove’s latest curriculum changes.


The Government’s revised national computing curriculum for 2014 puts significant emphasis on teaching children how to write code. Pupils aged five to seven will be expected to "understand what algorithms are" and to "create and debug simple programs". By the age of 11, pupils will have to "design, use and evaluate computational abstractions that model the state and behaviour of real-world problems and physical systems".

As part of its commitment to help with the introduction of this new computing curriculum, local technology education specialist, ComputerXplorers (http://www.westsurrey.computerxplorers.co.uk/) Oxfordshire is offering free programming workshops (http://www.oxfordshire.computerxplorers.co.uk/) to primary schools in the area during the national Programming for Primaries Awareness Week which runs from 24 – 30 March 2014. The aim of the week is to communicate the benefits of programming for younger children and shine the spotlight on programming and coding support and resources that are available to children and teachers.

ComputerXplorers has worked with many schools in the area to help children and teachers develop key computing skills.

Deborah Trujillo-Philippopoulos, director of ComputerXplorers Oxfordshire said: “Teachers now face the challenge of learning how to deliver the new curriculum and finding resources and support.

“We know how hard it is for teachers to find time away from school so we are offering to bring help and support into local schools in the form of training for teachers and classes for children.

“Our free programming workshop (http://www.oxfordshire.computerxplorers.co.uk/) for children will have them designing and programming their own video game whilst our free Introduction to Programming (http://www.oxfordshire.computerxplorers.co.uk/) session for primary school teaching staff will demystify the new computing curriculum and provide hands on programming experience.” Schools interested in signing up for a free workshop for teaching staff or children should contact Deborah Trujillo-Philippopoulos at deborah@oxfordshire.computerxplorers.co.uk by 28 February 2014 as resources are limited or visit www.oxfordshire.computerxplorers.co.uk  for more information. About ComputerXplorers ComputerXplorers is the leading provider of quality technology education for children from the ages of 3 to 13.  The clubs and classes are engaging, educational and fun, and are run in a variety of settings, such as after school clubs, pre-school and nurseries, summer camps and in-curriculum time classes.  For pre-school children ComputerXplorers covers everything from podcasting, digital photography programming and robotics to digital microscopes and an introduction to the internet. Primary school children learn programming, digital storytelling, animation, web design, coding, forensic science, video game design and music technology.  Classes are linked to the new national curriculum in England.

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