Computer Science (code.org) – Year 2
Code.org is a computer science programme that has now been implemented in all year groups at St Teresa’s. Designed to be fun and engaging, Code.org’s progression of computer science blend online activities and programming with “unplugged” non-computer activities to teach pupils computational thinking, problem solving, programming concepts and digital citizenship.
Today’s session looked at programming lines of code by moving digital charters round a 2-Dimensional grid. The characters for this session were child friendly and were linked to Angry Birds and Star Wars. Children move their character by using icons such as North, South, East and West, which form the basis of their lines of code. They also learn how to use repeated actions and duplicate sequences.
Code.org® is a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities. Their vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science, just like biology, chemistry or algebra. Code.org organises the annual Hour of Code campaign which has engaged 10% of all students in the world and provides the leading curriculum for K-12 computer science in the largest school districts in the United States. Code.org is supported by generous donors including Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft.