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Block-based and text-based programming

Steve Bunce, Vital CPD


Block-based and text-based programming - how are people current teaching the different languages? Which languages should be used and with which age groups? In this session, we will look at examples of different languages and consider how we approach teaching them in primary and secondary schools, including the the transition from block-based to text-based programming (and vice versa), and how they complement each other. We will also consider the assessment of examples, using the Progression Pathways statements.

Relevant Key Stages: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4

Steve Bunce's biography

Steve is an experienced teacher and has taught in primary, middle and secondary schools and covered many roles including ICT co-ordinator, head of year and senior leader. For the Open University, he has advised schools across the UK on their use of technology. As a part-time lecturer at Durham University, he has shared learning experiences with the undergraduate teachers. Developing teaching and learning in schools is the focus of Steve's work and he now advises teachers in using iPads to impact upon learning, as an Apple Professional Development Authorised Trainer. With computing, Steve works with many teachers to build their confidence in the subject and uses video games, Minecraft, robots and 3D printing, to capture their imaginations.

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