The UK Hour of Code

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? COE_5757

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.

Find out more about the UK hour of code.

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

We can help you get coding with two free Switched on Computing units, for Year 3 and Year 6, that give you step-by-step lesson plans and instructions for teaching your pupils to code using Scratch and Kodu. Download them now and get started! Unit 3.1 ‘We are programmers’ and Unit 6 ‘We are game designers’. Both units include: Switched on Computing sample-8 pages of step-by-step planning -E-safety checklists -Extension ideas -Assessment guidance -Software in 60-seconds walkthrough demos -Additional CD-ROM resources Click to download them from dropbox.  

Switched on Computing is written for the 2014 computing curriculum and offers creative units using the latest software in a format that is designed for teachers of all levels of experience to pick up and use. Switched on Computing teaches programming in every year so it’s full of resources to help you teach coding. These two free units will get your pupils making animations and games using Scratch and Kodu.


Assessment, Computing and ICT, Mathematics

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