Code Club

Code Club is part of a national initiative providing computer sciences workshops that focus on computer programming.

Run by Bob Higham & Caroline Moore
For Yrs 5 & 6
Day Monday
Time 3.30 pm – 4.30 pm
Location In School
Max. 20
Cost N/A
Sign-up Contact the school office for details

More Information

Code Club is a year-long course. Sign-up is in September and is for the whole academic year.

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About Code Club

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What is Code Club?

Code Club is an exciting and engaging extracurricular program designed to introduce primary school children in Key Stage 2 (KS2) to the world of coding and computer science. It’s a fun and interactive way for your child to learn the basics of programming, understand how technology works, and develop problem-solving skills. Let’s take a closer look at what Code Club is all about.

The Basics:

  1. Coding: Code Club teaches your child how to write simple programs and create their own digital projects using various coding languages and tools. They’ll be introduced to languages like Scratch, Python, and more, which are designed to be accessible and enjoyable for kids.
  2. Collaboration: Code Club encourages collaboration and teamwork as children work on projects together. They’ll learn to share their ideas, help each other, and build a sense of community.
  3. Creativity: Your child will have the opportunity to express their creativity by designing games, animations, and interactive stories. Code Club fosters a creative outlet for their imaginations.
  4. Problem-Solving: Coding involves a lot of problem-solving, and your child will develop essential skills for tackling challenges and finding solutions. These skills are not only useful in coding but also in their everyday life.

“Research suggests 65% of primary school children will end up working in jobs that do not exist today”

credit: World Economic Forum: The Future of Jobs

Why is it important for children to learn to code at this age?

Learning to code in KS2 is not just about preparing children for future careers in technology. It offers a range of benefits that can positively impact their development and education. Here are some compelling reasons why Code Club is essential for your child:

  1. Critical Thinking: Coding requires logical and analytical thinking. It helps children to break down problems into smaller parts and solve them step by step. This kind of thinking is valuable in all areas of education.
  2. Digital Literacy: In today’s digital age, understanding how technology works is crucial. Code Club equips your child with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate the digital world safely and confidently.
  3. Creativity and Innovation: Coding fosters creativity and encourages your child to think outside the box. They can bring their ideas to life, whether it’s creating a game, an animation, or a website.
  4. Real-World Relevance: Many aspects of our daily lives are driven by technology. Learning to code at an early age ensures your child is well-prepared for the future and can adapt to new technologies as they emerge.
  5. Problem-Solving: The ability to solve problems is a critical life skill. Code Club provides an excellent environment for your child to practice and enhance their problem-solving abilities.
  6. Career Opportunities: While it’s never too early to think about the future, coding skills can open up numerous career opportunities in the tech industry. Starting early can give your child a head start in these fields.
  7. Confidence and Self-Esteem: Successfully writing code and creating digital projects can boost your child’s confidence and self-esteem. It shows them that they can learn complex skills and achieve their goals.

How can you support your child in Code Club?

  1. Encourage and Be Curious: Show interest in what your child is learning in Code Club. Ask them about their projects and encourage them to share their creations with you.
  2. Explore Together: Consider exploring coding resources and projects with your child outside of Code Club. There are many online resources and tools for kids to practice their coding skills.
  3. Celebrate Achievements: Celebrate your child’s accomplishments in Code Club, whether it’s finishing a project, solving a coding challenge, or simply learning a new concept.
  4. Be Patient: Learning to code can be challenging at times, and your child may encounter difficulties. Be patient and remind them that it’s okay to make mistakes – that’s how they learn!

Code Club is an incredible opportunity for your child to develop essential skills and gain a deeper understanding of the digital world. It’s an investment in their future, and it can be a lot of fun too! We hope you’ll join us on this exciting journey of coding and creativity. If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to reach out to us.

The production of this webpage was assisted by ChatGPT AI, following the command of our Code Club Leader, Bob Higham