Teaching primary computing without computers? The Computing curriculum is a challenge for primary school teachers. The realities of primary school resources mean limited access to computer hardware. But computing is about more than computers. Important aspects of the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science can be taught without any hardware. Children can learn to analyse problems and computational terms and apply computational thinking to solve problems without turning on a computer.

Code Breakers: Dpef Csfblfst

Code breakers: Dpef csfblfst


How many of us, when we were children, passed messages around the classroom to friends? How many of us had these messages read by our peers, or much to our embarrassment the teacher intercepted the message and read it (sometimes even out loud)? When I've asked pupils in my class these questions, I've found that more hands go up to the second question than the first. When I ask the same class of pupils who would want to be able to encrypt their messages to save any future embarrassment … every hand goes up!

Introducing the topic of code breaking and encryption to learners in this way creates an exciting hook and real-life context for learners to engage ...

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