Code Club at Wakefield College
Monday, 19 February, 2018
Year 4 pupils from schools around the Wakefield District have completed their first half term of Code Club in conjunction with Wakefield College and the Wakefield Children’s University. The pupils learn how to code to produce interactive games using drag and drop programming, create animations using Scratch, Python and creating HTML and CSS websites through easy to follow projects. They also learn how to program the micro bit computer, including mini robots!
The children work at their own pace over six weeks to complete the tasks and at the end of the programme, they are awarded with a certificate. Sessions take place every Thursday during term time from 4:15pm until 5:45pm at Wakefield College’s City Campus. Members of the Children’s University who attend are credited with Learning Hours in their Passport to Learning. Kayleigh Moore, Wakefield Children’s University Coordinator said, “The Wakefield College Code Club has really taken off this half term with 20 pupils learning how to use Scratch to create games and animations. It’s been great to see how the pupils have developed and progressed and I’m looking forward to seeing what they can create in the next half term.”
Pupils who attend have a variety of experiences with coding, creativity and fun which are promoted as the best ways to learn. Max Parry, from Castleford Park Junior Academy said “I like it because it’s creative and you can make what you want, learn new skills and create projects with them.”
The children who complete the code club will now have a drive to learn more about coding and will have realised its actually not that difficult. They will also have learnt interpersonal skills from helping each other on tasks. Daniel Fisayo, age 8 from Queen Elizabeth Grammar School said “It’s fun you get to crack problems, it makes you think and my favourite task was the chat box exercise where you got to interact with the talking robot you created.”
Mark Bashforth, Code Club Leader said, “The kids were buzzing with excitement during the lesson. They were enthusiastic about coding, and willing to help each other with various coding problems. All kids were fully engaged and completed excellent work. Code club makes learning code fun!”
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DATE: 19 February, 2018