Celebrate the Hour of Code

Celebrate the Hour of Code!

8-14 December 2014
Elm Park Primary
Children from Elm Park Primary using Scratch with the 'We are Programmers' unit

During the Hour of Code every student and classroom can learn how fun coding is in just one hour.  Are you ready to get your pupils coding?

What is coding?

Coding runs through a lot of the new curriculum. It is possibly an area that a lot of teachers do not feel as confident using.  Code is 'written computer instructions'. The term code is somewhat colloquial. For example, a programmer might say: "I wrote a lot of code this morning" or "There's one piece of code that doesn't work."

Code can appear in a variety of forms. The code that a programmer writes is called source code. After it has been compiled, it is called object code. Code that is ready to run is called executable code or machine code.​​

Teach coding with our pick-up-and-teach units

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We can help you get coding with a FREE unit from Switched on Computing: Coding Practice BooksThese fun and engaging units provide additional coding practice, as well as open-ended activities to stretch and challenge more able pupils. They can be used as standalone books to practice coding, or used to consolidate knowledge and skills from Switched on Computing.

Download them now and get started!

You can find a range of activities on the hour of code website:

More tools to practise coding

There are lots of free and low-cost resources to help with coding.

Mozilla offer a range of tools:

  • Thimble enables you to see the code on one side and what it would look like on the web on the other.
    There are also a range of projects that you are able to re-mix.

  • X ray goggles lets you re-mix web pages so that you can then see this - ​can you spot the changes?

  • 16 steps lets you go further with code in 16 steps – great for pushing higher attainers.

For the iPad there are the following apps that can also let children code:

  • Hopscotch is a free visual coding app that looks similar to Scratch.

  • Catos hike (£2.99) is a universal game for the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch to teach kids and young children basic programming skills.

  • Hakitzu (69p) is a game that helps you learn the basics of JavaScript. No previous coding knowledge is required.


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