Computing and Coding

 
 
 
 
 

The ICT curriculum changed to Computing this year. During our computing lessons we use a variety of software. Some of it is licenced software, like Microsoft Office, but many of the applications we use are classed as "Freeware". Freeware is software that is free for you to download and use at home. Talk to your children about the applications they are using in class.

The new curriculum sees a greater emphasis on coding. Watch this great 10 minute video to get a sense of how powerful a life skill coding has become for some and how much fun it is for many:



Many of our children have loved using Espresso Coding this year and we are planning to introduce more languages in September. Why not encourage your child to get a headstart by exploring some free languages? There are some links below and of course thousands of tutorials on Youtube.

  • Scratch
    is a 2D programming language and an online community where children can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world. As children create with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically. Scratch is primarily designed for 8 to 16 year olds but is also used by people of all ages, including younger children with their parents.
  • Kodu
    lets kids create games on the PC and Xbox via a simple 3D visual programming language. Kodu can be used to teach creativity, problem solving and storytelling, as well as programming. Anyone can use Kodu to make a game, young children as well as adults with no design or programming skills needed.
  • HTML
    is a common language used for creating websites. This site is aimed at children over 10 interested in learning how to code in HTML.
  • Python
    is a more advanced language with more of a mathematical focus that may be of interest to some of our older children.

Below are links to free software that is fun or useful:

  • Apache Open Office
    Free Office software so that you do not have to spend a fortune on Microsoft Office
  • Sketchup Computer aided design.
    Select 3D for K12 education and download Sketchup Make (the free version)
  • Pixlr
    Image manipulation
  • Google Sky Allows you to view celestial objects
    including stars, constellations, galaxies, planets and the Earth's moon
  • Rapid Typing Tutor
    Typing tests and games to improve your typing speed

Apps

The Guardian's list of of the best apps for children of 2014 is here.

We particularly like iMovies (free), Adobe Voice (free) and Book Creator (full version £2.99)