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Learn to Code Practice Books have been written to engage Key Stage 2 children with easy-to-follow, creative activities that follow the key coding requirements of the new computing curriculum.
Linked to Switched on Computing, the 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.
Why not use the activities in your code club? Download a FREE sample activity pack
Try sample activities: Programming a Sprite using Scratch, and Programming how characters move using Kodu.
About the author: Claire Lotriet is a Year 6 teacher and Upper Key Stage 2 phase leader at a south London primary school, where she also coordinates computing and enterprise. Passionate about technology, in and out of the classroom, and social media, she has recently spoken to a variety of audiences about preparing for the new primary computing curriculum. She is also the author of Switched on Computing: Take your first easy steps with Microsoft and recently won a Naace Impact Award 2015.
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Learn to Code is made up of 4 full colour pupil books for years 3-6 each with an accompanying teacher's booklet.
Learn to Code Practice Books are numbered for flexible use across year groups.
Links to Switched on Computing
Scratch, Kodu, Excel
3.1 We are programmers, 3.6 We are opinion pollsters, 3.3 We are Presenters
Scratch, Lightbot, HTML using Thimble
4.1 We are software developers, 4.2 We are toy makers, 4.4 We are HTML editors
Kodu, Snap!, Logo
5.1 We are game developers, 5.2 We are cryptographers, 5.3 We are artists
TouchDevelop, AppInventor, Python
6.5 We are app developes and extension beyond Switched on Computing
A great resource for helping primary aged children (and beyond) develop coding confidence.
Each activity in the books is laid out clearly with step-by-step instructions for the children to follow. The children have relished the opportunity to learn more about coding.