Code Club is back!

Why learn to Code?

Code Club is back for KS2 and we’re ready to go!

We are very excited. So far we have had about 26 children showing an interest in coming to Code Club. This year it has been offered to all of the Juniors.

About Code Club

Our aim is to inspire the next generation to get excited about computer science and digital making.

At Code Club, we think all children should have the opportunity to learn to code, no matter who they are or where they come from.

Code Club is run by a volunteer who organises a free coding club for the children at St Giles to build and share their ideas, while they learn along the way.

The projects are easy to follow step-by-step guides which help children learn Scratch, HTML & CSS and Python by making games, animations, and websites. The projects gradually introduce coding concepts to allow children to build their knowledge incrementally, meaning there’s also no need for the adult running the session to be a computing expert.

So what will be doing?

Due to the vast ability and experience of the children we will all be starting with Scratch.

Scratch is a graphical programming language, where children can drag and combine code blocks to make a range of programs

With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. The new starters will work through module one while our more experienced coders will complete module 2 while peer mentoring our new members. There are lots of new exciting projects for everyone.

Moving on from Scratch we will be working together to complete HTML & CSS module one. HyperText Markup Language (HTML) is a language for describing and structuring web pages.

Following this we will complete some Python Projects. Python is a widely used, general purpose, text-based programming language. The children are always amazed at what they are able to create.

New for this year is BBC micro:bit. The BBC micro:bit is a pocket-sized, codeable computer that allows you to get creative. One of the main aims of the micro:bit is to “help a new generation get creative with technology and take advantage of the opportunities a career in science, technology, engineering and maths offers”.

Code Club UK sent us 8 micro:bit’s because we registered for them over the summer holidays. Once we have built up our skills using Scratch, HTML & CSS and Python we then have 6 amazing micro:bit projects to complete. We have sent one to Jake Field, an ex-Code Club Member now at Highfields, who comes in to help us every week, so we have our own expert in using the micro:bit.

Code Club is great for children of all abilities; we work at each child’s individual pace but also as a team helping each other and sorting out problems and snags as a group. We have also found that different children love different areas of Code Club. Last year we had some who loved Python while others preferred Scratch. It really does show the full range of Computer Science.

Children build up programming skills as they move through the projects in their club

Projects introduce key programming concepts

Step by step instructions

Children create something different and original with each project

Challenge-based learning

Not forgetting how much fun it is.

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