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  • This course will be available from September 2024.  In the meantime, if you would like more information or to register an interest, please complete a booking form and select 'SC-02 : Computer Systems - Enquiry Only"
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Computer Systems and Networks
for Primary Schools (SC-02)

The National Curriculum for Computing sets high expectations for the teaching of computer systems and networking in primary schools.  Many teachers are having a good attempt at teaching this statutory content but may want to develop their own understanding of computer systems and networks to improve their own subject knowledge and promote more in-depth discussions with pupils or teaching of the subject to a higher standard.


This one-day (9.30am - 4.00pm) course is designed to provide delegates with knowledge of computer systems, their components and their different functions, including how they are used in  workplace and industry.  The course will look briefly at the history of computing and the pace at which technology has influence the way in which we live and work and will explore a wide range of terminology and definitions.  The course will offer a progression of understanding for primary schools and how computer systems might be taught in different year groups.

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at:
  • those who want to develop a more secure understand of computer systems and networks
  • primary school Computing (IT) Leaders in schools
  • primary school teachers
  • teaching assistants
Content / Programme
This course takes place over one day (see below for timing and lunch arrangements) and during that time, delegates will learn:
  • about the key components of computer systems
  • about the range of devices that are used to perform various functions including input, output, data storage and communication devices
  • about networks, including local area, wide area and global networks
  • how the internet works and connects computers together
  • about the BINARY number system and its relevance to how computers store data
  • a wide range of terminology and definitions, e.g. RAM
The course content will mostly be taught with a broad mix of practical activities that could be used in the primary classroom.
Assessment and Qualification
The course is not assessed or part of a qualification, although delegates will be given a 'Certificate of Completion' and a self-assessment to track their progress during the day and encourage thinking about future learning.
Location, Timings and Facilities
  • The course will take place at our Trafford Park Centre, details of which can be found here.
  • The course will start at 9.30am and finish at 4.00pm.  There will be a break of 45 minutes during the day (usually about 12.15pm) for lunch).
  • Drinks (tea, coffee, water) will be provided on arrival, during mid-morning break and after lunch.
  • Lunch is not provided.  There are plenty of shops very close to the centre offering a range of lunchtime food.  There is a small eating space at the centre.  Delegates can, of course, bring their own lunch.  Food cannot be eaten in our IT Training Room, thank you.