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Tiny primary school seeks SoW or tools for KS2

Discussion in 'Computing and ICT' started by Skeoch, Feb 4, 2019.

  1. Skeoch

    Skeoch Lead commenter

    I'm sure this must be replicated in many rural areas. Not even two teachers full time, classes containing three year groups, yet we need to deliver the National Curriculum (and the teachers are not computing/coding/IT experts either). Many of the parts of the National Curriculum can be wrapped up into other subjects, and indeed are. It's the coding and programming bits in KS2 which give trouble and more or less have to be taught stand-alone.
    Any suggestions as to software and/or SoW which might provide help for the teachers? Scratch Junior in use at KS1, so would the use of Scratch 2 (or even Scratch 3!) be a way forward?
  2. ronnieg

    ronnieg New commenter

    Try Knowsley scheme of work as a starting point - some good starting points there and resources. TRy coding sites like Hour of Code - easy intro into programming. Children will find them fun and it isn't too difficult for a non-specialists.
  3. Skeoch

    Skeoch Lead commenter

    Thank you: real help in getting going!
    ronnieg likes this.
  4. bonxie

    bonxie Senior commenter

    This is free, useful and works well in a mixed age class. The teacher signs onto the site and creates a class list (don't use full names) which gives the children individual passwords (I print these off and give each of the children a small bit of paper which shows their password). The children sign on and then work at their own pace through a sequence of short challenges where they learn a range of skills. When the children next sign on, the system remembers where each child got to and brings up their next challenge. The teacher's computer can show a display of how each child is progressing, who is coping well and who needs a bit of extra help.

    Course A & B are for non-readers so work well with younger children. Course C to F work well in KS2. There are also some 'unplugged' activities to do as a class to teach certain concepts/skills. The course use a block language (like Scratch) so is very easy to learn. As well as Courses A-F, there are options aimed at older pupils and short (1hour) activities for one-off lessons. The children can print off a certificate once they have satisfactorily completed a course.

    We use code.org for a part of the year throughout the school. The children enjoy the challenges and learn a lot from them. The system is ideal for someone who needs to teach coding etc but has no experience doing so. I use it with a class of 7-12 year olds.
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2019
  5. Skeoch

    Skeoch Lead commenter

    Thanks to @bonxie, too. Lots of food for thought.
  6. robwilktes

    robwilktes New commenter

  7. Skeoch

    Skeoch Lead commenter

    Thank you @robwilktes - this does look like an excellent way forward.

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