Sept. 28, 2021
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 and the EU Code Week website has a range of resources and toolkits for teachers to help you get started. This year #CodeWeek runs from 9th-24th October.
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, including our new slideshows to support the teaching of coding contained within the Purple computing scheme of work. There is a medium-term plan for each unit accompanied by detailed individual plans and slideshows that walk the teacher through the lesson.
This 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. If you don't have Purple Mash, you can download a sample pack of knowledge organisers here.
For those who take part in #CodeWeek, you can celebrate their work with this certificate.
Our award-winning Python in Pieces resource is perfect 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 in Pieces 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.
The week would be a perfect time to set up your Digital leaders. Digital leaders are children with a passion for technology who want to share their knowledge with other and promote the use of all things digital throughout the school. We have everything you need to get started in Purple Mash, including challenges each half term that the Digital Leaders can complete.
They could help run a Mash Club. Mash Club is a pack of resources for running a computing and coding club at your school using Purple Mash tools. This includes an eight-week course on coding and Blogging using 2Code and 2Blog. Everything that you need to run the club is included and there is a handy getting started guide as well as session outlines and a range of printable resources.