Sept. 8, 2021
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. This year the week runs from September 14th-20th and there are a number of ways that schools can get involved: run a coding challenge for students, take part in the Digital skills Challenge or showcase how you are supporting coding in the school. If you are joining in with #NationalCodingWeek we have picked our top three ways that you can support coding in school with 2Simple.
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 #NationalCodingWeek 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
To celebrate #NationalCodingWeek we have made the following games free for all schools to use during the week. Tick tock challenges have been extremely popular over the last year, 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!
The week would also be a great time to challenge your pupils to complete the Time-Crimes of Logonator! Pupils must pit themselves against an evil robot who travels in time trying to disrupt the development of civilization. In each mission they must solve a puzzle using Logo. There are 13 missions in total and pupils need to unlock each one in turn, there are also printable sheets that support the missions as well as support for teachers.
For those we take part in #NationalCodingWeek you can celebrate their work with this certificate.
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 Pupil 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 coding club at your school using the 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, there is handy getting started guide as well as session outlines and a range of printable resources.
Finally, our award-winning Python in Pieces resource can be used. 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.