National Coding Week - 14th September 2020

Sept. 10, 2020

National Coding week is a volunteer-led organisation founded in 2014. It aims to help build people’s confidence and skills by encouraging volunteers to run fun and engaging digital events. If you are joining in with #NationalCodingWeek we have picked our top three ways that you can support coding in school.

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Python in Pieces

June 16, 2020

Python in Pieces is an interactive coding environment, designed to build student and teacher confidence in the text-based coding language of Python. With the ability to easily translate from block-code to Python, in BOTH directions, meaning that students quickly become empowered to progress from the expectations of KS2 through to KS3. We visited Caroline Chisholm School (before Lockdown) to see Python in Pieces in action.

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Computer Science Education Week

Nov. 28, 2019

Computer Science education week is held annually in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hooper; this year the week runs from December 9-15. The annual program is dedicated to inspiring students to take an interest in computer science and develop and nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities, you can find out more about the hour of code and the activities for this year here.

Purple Mash has a whole range of applications and activities that you can make use of either for an hour of code, the whole week and even throughout the year. We have highlighted our top three.

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Case study: Sunnyfields Primary

April 9, 2019

We were recently lucky enough to be invited to Sunnyfields, a lovely one form entry primary school in North London to see how the 2Simple Centre for Excellence school use Purple Mash across the curriculum. With their high usage across subject areas and outstanding teaching of computing, we knew this would be a great place to visit.

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