Oct. 7, 2020
EU Code Week is a grassroots initiative which aims to bring coding and digital literacy to everybody in a fun and engaging way. Learning to code helps us make sense of the rapidly changing world around us the EU Code Week website has a range of resources and toolkits for teachers to help you get started.
If you are joining in with #CodeWeek we have picked our top three ways that you can support coding in school.
Within Purple Mash, there are a range of tools that can support you with Coding in school
These tools can be used on their own, with activities chosen for #CodeWeek or teachers can use the detailed coding plans contained within the Purple Mash computing scheme of work. There is a medium-term plan for each unit accompanied by detailed individual plans that walk the teacher through the lesson.
The short video below provides a guide to coding in Purple Mash:
Within the computing scheme of work, there is also a pdf for each year group setting out the computing vocabulary and definitions as well as knowledge organisers for each unit that set out the key learning, resources, vocabulary, key images and key questions for that unit.
To celebrate #CodeWeek we have made the following games free for all schools to use during the week. During lockdown there were countless Tik Tok videos created and shared, so why not get your pupils to take part in our Tick Tock clock challenge although it may not be quite the same! They can also try out our Genie in the bottle game and feed some ducks all while expanding their coding capability!
For those we take part in #CodeWeek you can celebrate their work with this certificate.
Python in Pieces would be a perfect resource to use for #CodeWeek. Transition your students from block-based coding to Python with guided lessons open-ended activities and the ability to translate block-code to Python in both directions. Designed by teachers to empower the specialist and non-specialist to teach KS3 coding with confidence, Python is also perfect for developing the coding capability of your Year 6 students, the guided lessons allow students to manage their own learning and teacher solution guides enable teachers to support student learning at every step.