AI in Primary Computing

AI in Primary Computing

Date(s) - 06/02/2025
3:45 pm - 5:15 pm


Free Event

Explore how Artificial Intelligence (AI) may be linked to aspects of the primary computing curriculum, supporting creativity, digital literacy, and the use of information technology.

This course will support you in developing a basic understanding of what AI is and how it is used in everyday life. It will help ensure that you provide correct information on AI and are able to answer questions that primary-age children may have around AI.

This course will also support you in understanding the place of AI in the primary computing curriculum and how AI impacts children’s learning of computing. This will involve exploring how AI links to the computing curriculum and looking at how to incorporate it into existing lesson materials and approaches in digital literacy and information technology supporting learners to become competent, and responsible users of technology.

You will also consider how best to develop children’s ability to become discerning users of online content when considering the impact of AI generated materials.

What topics are covered?

This short CPD covers:

  • Understanding AI in the context of primary computing
  • Learn how to adapt existing computing lessons to include ideas around AI
  • Implications of AI generated content
  • How to support children’s understanding of AI in computing at an appropriate level


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

  • Explain where AI links to the primary computing curriculum
  • Modify existing lessons to include learning around AI
  • Consider the risks and benefits of AI generated content
  • Be able to answer questions on AI in primary computing

Matt Wimpenny Smith: Matt has been teaching Computing since 2004 and is currently a Senior Lecturer in Initial Teacher Education and Computing at Oxford Brookes University. Formerly, he was Assistant Head, Digital Strategy and Computing Subject Leader at Headington School in Oxford. Alongside his current role, he is the primary schools lead for Bucks, Berks, and Oxon (BBO) Computing Hub.  He is a CAS Master Teacher, Oxford Primary CAS Community Leader, BCS Certified Computer Science Teacher, Raspberry Pi Certified Educator, and STEM Senior PDL. Matt has also developed content for the Teach Computing Curriculum and is a member of the NCCE Leadership Practitioners panel. Matt has written a number of articles for the HelloWorld publication, a computing education magazine. Matt has worked extensively with Dr  Jane Waite from Cambridge University to support her research into primary programming pedagogy.  He is a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is also the Vice-chair of Governors For Oak Green Primary School in his hometown.

X: @mwimpennys


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