Code Club for Children

Our previous blogs have discussed ways of keeping your children safe at home whilst using their devices, game consoles, phones and computers. So what about at school? Teachers are always looking for new and innovative ideas to enhance your child’s learning. Today’s blog will look at code club, an exciting way for children to learn programming.

The borwell team have been volunteering every week at a local primary school since June 2014. As part of the national Code Club initiative, we provide opportunities for children aged 9-13 to develop coding skills through free weekly after-school clubs. Our projects are easy to follow, and borwell’s volunteers gradually introduce coding concepts, helping the children to learn Scratch, HTML & CSS and Python by making games, animations and websites.

Scratch is a graphical programming language which allows children to drag and combine code blocks to make a range of programs, HTML & CSS are languages for describing, structuring, and styling web pages. Older students have the opportunity to move over to Python which is a widely used, text-based general-purpose programming language.

Software development is an ever evolving industry that remains to be a key prospect among students. With the rise of cyber incidents, it is important to establish a connection between computer literacy to help protect young people online and help them learn through exciting opportunities like the Code Club.

borwell’s aim is to inspire the next generation to get excited about computing and digital creativity. Initiatives like Code Club and the introduction of GCSE Computing are absolutely essential to prepare for our workforce of the future. If you work at a school, library, museum or community venue and would like start your own Code Club, you can find out more information on the Code Club website: https://www.codeclub.org.uk/start-a-club

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