October 15th to 22nd marks National Coding Week in Europe and to celebrate this wonderful occasion we are holding coding events and a competition in our school. We will be encouraging pupils to become producers and not just consumers of games by making their own games.
For the younger years (Reception, 1, 2 and 3) we will be introducing Sploder, an in-browser game creation software that runs in flash. It is free to join and is a great tool to teach the basics of game design. Sploder has a drag and drop interface which makes game making easy and intuitive.
For our older pupils in years 4, 5 and 6 we will be using Scratch, a coding language created by MIT, a world leader in technologies creation, and one which our children have been using for several years.
The competition is to create a video game with up to 2 levels using either Scratch or Sploder. The children will have to take into account that the levels need to have a goal, main character and maybe collectables.
For all pupils excited, yet unsure about how to make a video game with either Scratch or Sploder, the Digital Leaders will be running gaming workshops over the course of the Coding Week at lunchtimes. The Digital Leaders are a group of keen and excited pupils who help teachers in supporting the delivery of Computing projects across the school.
The deadline for the competition is Friday 11th November and Scratch/Sploder winners will be announced on Friday 18th November during our celebration assembly.
All entries with links to the games should be sent to either Mr Razaq or Miss Meiners:
For those who do not want to take part in the competition but want to embrace the spirit of the week and enhance their coding skills we’d recommend using Hour Of Code at https://code.org/learn
Code.org is a non-profit organization that seeks to encourage pupils in schools to learn the basics of coding and take up Computer Science, through offering themed coding lessons on its website. By using the Minecraft and Star Wars license it hopes to promote the skills required to code and create.
Enjoy and welcome to Code Week!
We are planning on announcing the winners of this competition next week (beginning 5th December). Due to staff absence and hall timetabling we haven't been able to inform anyone of our winners yet, but we haven't forgotten! This will be rectified asap. Thank you for your patience! Mr Razaq and Miss Meiners.