East Harling Primary School

I love the way that the units in the Learn to Code books are set out in easy to follow steps and that they can be used progressively through Key Stage 2. The fact that they are based on free resources means that it can be a cost-effective way of covering the computing curriculum, especially for less confident teachers.
 
There is a great variety too! The programs in the unit cover sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; working with variables and various forms of input and output. It was important to find out what our children thought though, so my Year 5 code club have spent the last couple of weeks reviewing some of the activities. The thing that stood out was that my children were generally able to follow the instructions and investigate independently. When they did get stuck I encouraged them to return to the last instruction and try again, which they did! They have learned essential computing skills, such as using logical reasoning and debugging. They have thoroughly enjoyed using them – not just the more familiar resources like Scratch, Lightbot or Snap and the creative enticement of Kodu, but the success they have felt when they have managed to create a script and program a turtle using TouchDevelop.
 
A great resource for helping primary aged children (and beyond) develop coding confidence.
Sheli Blackburn, Deputy Head at East Harling Primary School
Switched on Computing: Learn to Code
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