Code Club - Geek is the new Cool!

At St Giles School there is an After School Computer Code Club for the Upper Juniors. Computer Coding is something that all children will be taught in ICT but Code Club takes it to the next level and starts to shape our computer programmers of the future. It’s also great fun.

Code Club has always been popular with St Giles Juniors. We have now an ex pupil Jake Field, who goes to Highfields, and has come back to volunteer at Code Club and bring some of his expertise to help us. Jake said , “I always like coding and the fact you can make games by typing in words and symbols. When you get older it gets harder to learn and you have less of an imagination so code club for 9-11 is a great age to start your programming career. By coming to Code Club I was able to do some graphic design, by downloading 3D animation and writing code behind it. I thought scratch was really interesting and progressed to Python and enjoyed writing Code from nothing and making something of my own”.

Here is some work by a Year 6 pupil, Kyle, who has been working on Scratch. It’s all his own work and he went Freestyle and he designed this literally from Scratch! The music you can hear at the beginning of the video was composed and compiled by another Code Club member, Emma, using Garage Band.

Mrs Swift, who runs Code Club said, “We have some amazingly talented young people here at St Giles School and Code Club gives them a chance to design and develop games and also to use and enhance their programming and software skills. Each child has their favourite area of expertise and this half term members of Code Club have chosen which area they wish to specialise in. Code Club is a lot of fun for us all and we have the time and freedom to experiment, learn, produce and enjoy all areas of Coding and more. Next half term I will be doing some After School taster sessions for years 3 & 4 and I know some of them are keen to join in ”.

What is Code Club?

Code Club is a nationwide network of free volunteer-led after school coding clubs for children aged 9-11.

The projects Code Club make teach children how to program by showing them how to make computer games, animations and websites.

Students will progress and learn more whilst at the same time using their imaginations and making creative projects.

Scratch teaches the basics of programming. The basics of web development using HTML and CSS are taught after Scratch. Python is one of the best programming languages to learn for a first language.

Why should children learn to code?

Learning to code is an important skill now we’re living in a digital age. It’s not just enough for children to know how to use technology. They should know how it works and how to build it too.

Learning to code doesn't just mean you can become a developer - it strengthens problem solving and logical thinking skills, and is useful for a range of other disciplines, careers and hobbies.

ICT LATEST NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!

More good news on the ICT front thanks to Steve Manners, our ICT consultant, and Ben from RM we now have fibre optic broadband! This has caused great relief for our teachers who no longer suffer with buffering when trying to show their class resources using the internet. And as you can see from the photograph a member of Code Club, Emma, was very happy about our new internet speed. Our speed has gone from 1-1 ½ to 76 Mbps. Mrs Swift and Code Club were quite emotional about the new Fibre Optic and thank you Steve and Ben for that!

Fancy having a go yourself at Coding? Pop over to the Kids Page on our website and have a go StudioCode! Computer Science fun from the age of 4 - 84 and then move on up to An Hour Of Code!

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