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.

Introduction: Computing Unplugged
Introduction: Computing unplugged

Teaching ‘Computing’ is now a fact of life for all schools in England, and soon to be the same across the UK and elsewhere. It is a subject with lofty goals: a high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world (Programmes of Study, 2013, www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-computing-programmes-of-study).

This book is about a way of teaching computing without using computers. Each of the chapters shows how central concepts in computing and computational thinking can be explored and developed away from technology. Each chapter is based around a different theme and shows how thinking like a computer scientist can be illustrated by everyday activities, and how it can help us solve problems in many different situations. ...

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