We are Merton Park Primary School and we are learning to code!
The lovely people at Code Club have given us lots of projects to try and we are lucky to have two wonderful programmers who give up their time for a couple of hours each week (actually much more than that!) and come in to help us.
It’s been great fun and we think it’s having an impact on the whole school. Other teachers are gaining confidence in teaching programming and the Code Club children help teachers and children in other classes. As well as learning to code we are learning to think more independently and to collaborate with our friends – helping them to debug their programs improves our own programming skills as well as theirs. We move onto bigger projects next term.
On this blog we will be sharing our thoughts, the things we like and what we have made. We’d love to know what you think, and to hear from others involved with Code Club.
We have added a new section to the blog – “Learning projects”. These are small topics designed to make you think – not just about the coding, but more thinking like a computer scientist. They also include other stimulae – designing, creating, maths problem-solving, ethics, morals, digital footprints, business etc – general wondering! Each idea has been triggered by everyday objects or new technology, press articles or children’s questions.We certainly don’t expect you to know all the answers, or to be able to code the projects – but we hope they will inspire you to find out more, to ask questions, to recognise triggers & inputs & to try to build the algorithms (programs written in a language eg English, that humans understand). Share them with your families or friends!
Remember, Algorithms + Code = Programs and you don’t need special skills or knowledge to build algorithms!