Curiosity is a fabulous thing. Curious children explore, investigate, experiment, build their own understanding, share their findings with others and want to know more. Curious teachers learn as they teach, reflecting on their practice and following new routes to enhanced teaching and learning. Curiosity has the potential to enhance learning in all curriculum subjects but it has a special connection with scientific thinking. A curious approach can open up learning in science, computing, design technology and mathematics. This text explores how teachers can harness the power of curiosity in their classroom. Full of practical teaching ideas for engaging learners and making lessons more exciting, this text highlights the ways in which STEM subjects can be taught together.

Ways to Enhance Curiosity in Primary Computing

Ways to enhance curiosity in primary computing

Chapter Objectives

After reading this chapter you will:

  • have an understanding of a selection of resources suited to enhancing curiosity in computing in primary schools;
  • have an understanding of what aspects of computing lessons enhance learners’ curiosity;
  • have an understanding of how to design computing lessons to enhance learners’ curiosity.


Chapter 6 discussed the curriculum change from ICT to computing and explored how the curious minds of computing pioneers, such as Alan Turing, Tim Berners-Lee and others, had driven the invention of revolutionary technologies.

Primary STEM subjects offer a vast array of opportunities for curiosity; as part of ...

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