The Background to Code Club

We believe that learning to code is as important as learning to read and write.   This page explains our work on coding with pupils at St Clare's and will be updated regularly as our projects develop.   From small beginnings, we aim to make coding a central feature of every pupil's experience to ensure they are equipped for the future.

Our guiding principles:

  • Every child should learn to code.
  • The school should facilitate coding but not get in pupils' way.
  • Pupils should be equipped to code independently of school.
  • It is not enough that pupils get to code for a few weeks in a school year.
  • All pupils should recognise the relevance of coding in everyday life.
  • Coding should not be an abstract experience.

St Clare's Code Club begins in January 2018 and will focus on the development of coding with KS2.   Running each Thursday between 3.30 and 4.30, Code Club is made up of 3 groups, allowing each pupil to work on one of the following:

  • Game development (Scratch)
  • Coding moving objects (Sphero)
  • Working with sensors (Sam Labs)

The key aim of Code Club, above all else, is to foster independent coding in a way that highlights the revelance to everyday life, including the workplace of the future.   

Below is a six-minute clip that explains the importance of coding for a new generation of learners.   On December 11th, this video was shared with KS2 pupils in the assembly that introduced coding club.   We hope you like it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOsdfRbrNdk

Current Approaches

Below are three links showing the kit used with puplis.   Please explore.   If you want to know more, or would like information on how to help your child, please contact us or arrange to attend one of the clubs.   You will be warmly welcomed.

Scratch

Samlabs       

Spheros              

Coding in Education

In all honesty, coding in education isn't developing quickly enough and schools have to get a better handle on a fast-moving agenda rather than wait for central direction and investment.   The link below outlines the issues.

The Robots are Coming

The Museum of Science and Industry are holding a major robot exhibition until 15th April 2018.   Click the link below for more information.

Robot exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry

Code Club Information

Code Club Pictures

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