Assessing computational thinking in primary schools - short course CA457 / E05

Start date
29 Mar 23
90 Minutes
Learning Method
Remote Delivered CPD


A short course providing practical guidance on the assessment of key thinking skills in primary computing

Computational thinking lies at the heart of the national curriculum. It includes the key building blocks for success in computing such as using abstraction to simplify problems, or how to decompose problems into smaller chunks. As computational thinking skills develop children become more adept at applying logic, spotting patterns, planning algorithms and evaluating computer programs.

This CPD includes easily applied, practical approaches to assessing the development of computational thinking. Developing these techniques will help you to gauge what is expected of learners as they progress through primary school. By supporting the development of key subject skills, you will ensure that children build on existing skills and knowledge, so they are equipped for the next stage of their education.

Who is it for?

Teacher and subject leaders of primary computing

What topics are covered?

This short CPD covers:

  • Models of computational thinking that apply to the primary classroom
  • Adapting lesson plans to develop computational thinking
  • Formative and summative assessment approaches
  • Progression models through KS1 and KS2

How will you learn?

A scheduled live, interactive online session led by an experienced practitioner, with a short pre-session task.

How long is this course?

90 minutes

Who is the course leader?

  • Sabiha Munshi

    Education, qualifications, school roles & other


By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the term computational thinking
  • Recognise what CT looks like in the classroom
  • Identify progression in CT capability
  • Apply reliable assessment methods in CT


1 Assessing computational thinking in primary schools29 March 202315:30-17:00Virtual

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