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Hour of Code 2016

posted 12 Dec 2016, 04:53 by Matthew Smith   [ updated 12 Dec 2016, 04:59 ]
You may have heard that last week was Computer Science Week around the world.  To help promote the importance of coding skills, there is an international event known as "Hour of Code" where children around the world participate in an hour of coding based activities.. The event is growing in stature and is endorsed by many famous faces including outgoing US President, Barack Obama.

At Dore Primary, we are in a second year of taking part, in addition to the coding work already done in the curriculum. Below are some photographs of the children in action!  The children have enjoyed the activities and have applied a lot of their skills across maths and computing to these activities.  Many of the acitivities use "blockly" a type of coding that focuses on giving clear instructions and learning the features of code, without being confused or bogged down with coding languages themselves just yet. Well done to all the pupils and staff!

Y6 Were asked to self assess their understanding of coding and then try a challenge that appealed to them.  They were all told about the importance of learning to code if they would like to start a future career in computing. 
Y5 created a game using the Flappy Birds challenge, some also did a Frozen themed challenge! 
Y3/4 Undertook a Frozen challenge which tested the children's knowledge of shapes and interior angles as well as their reasoning and logic! 
Y1 tackled a coding challenge from Kodable, helping their sprite get from one end of the screen to another, thinking about what direction changes were needed! 
FS2 as part of our technology fortnight at the end of November, FS2 used Lightbot and "The Foos" challenges.