Three inclusive activities for primary schools inspired by EU Code Week

It’s EU Code Week* (actually fortnight, it runs from 9-24 October) so we’re celebrating with three brilliant activities aimed at primary schools, including a great Scratch project we’ve tried and tested at one of our partner schools.

*Want to know more about EU Code Week? It’s a grassroots initiative which aims to bring coding and digital literacy to everybody in a fun and engaging way and celebrates creativity, problem solving and collaboration through programming and other tech activities. Find out more, including heaps of activities and resources.

1. Create a virtual museum of African art using Scratch

Why not celebrate both EU Code Week and Black History Month by creating your own virtual museum of African art? By editing this project you can choose your three favourite masks, click the eye to make them visible, then place them in their frames. Next, use this Padlet page to find some information about the different types of mask. Can you program your three masks to introduce themselves?

Stuck? Check out this example project by a pupil from St Luke's C of E Primary school.

More ideas? A member of the Scratch community remixed the template to make a project all about protecting ourselves and each other during the pandemic!

2. Get started with inclusive app design 

Inspire your students’ great ideas with an hour‑long Inclusive App Design Activity, a new lesson from Apple that places the emphasis on inclusion and accessibility. Learners will identify problems they care about, then plan, prototype and share app ideas that everyone can access and understand.

Each step features additional resources and tips to simplify the lesson for early learners or extend the activity using the Everyone Can Code App Design Journal for years 5–9 or the Develop in Swift App Design Workbook for year 10 and up. Learners also have the option to experiment with code for their app ideas in the Swift Playgrounds app.

There’s also a new activity guide to Apple’s Everyone Can Code curriculum and the Swift Playgrounds app – Everyone Can Code Early Learners. It aims to help educators and families introduce coding to students in their early years, when learners are first developing computational thinking skills, something we at the Connected Learning Centre have been exploring in depth in the Europe-wide Co-Make project.

3. Tackle the UN’s Global Goals with a micro:bit 

With COP26 on the horizon, these micro:bit activities explore the UN’s global goals with inspiring projects, including building prototype safer fishing nets and turtle-safe beach lights, and making your own step counter. They are also available in multiple languages.

For more broader computing COP26 inspired activity ideas, Barefoot Computing has introduced a Climate Champions campaign, bringing the whole school together to make ‘Planet Pledges’. Children can create their pledges via digital paintings (5-7 years), stop-motion animations (7-9 years) and videos (9-11 years). These can also then be shared in your school’s very own Climate Champions Conference using the assembly resources provided by Barefoot Computing.

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Summer primary school computing conference

14/06/22,
09:15
- 15:30

This event will build upon the Autumn computing conference by inviting subject leaders to reflect on their year in the role, sharing their successes and challenges. It will also introduce new ideas, tools and approaches through talks and practical activities led by members of the CLC team, with opportunities for attendees to share their own expertise and experience. Over the course of the conference activities will touch on the three main areas of the computing curriculum: computer science, digital literacy and information technology. We will also feature advice and examples illustrating the use of technology to support blended learning.

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Upcoming CPD

Summer primary school computing conference
Summer primary school computing conference

This event will build upon the Autumn computing conference by inviting subject leaders to reflect on their year in the role, sharing their successes and challenges. It will also introduce new ideas, tools and approaches through talks and practical activities led by members of the CLC team, with opportunities for attendees to share their own expertise and experience. Over the course of the conference activities will touch on the three main areas of the computing curriculum: computer science, digital literacy and information technology. We will also feature advice and examples illustrating the use of technology to support blended learning.

14/06/22,
09:15
- 15:30
EYFS, KS1, KS2
Computing subject leaders, Teachers...
Creative Arts, Digital and children – CLC meets More Than Robots online
Creative Arts, Digital and children - CLC meets More Than Robots online

Combining forces for the first time, the Connected Learning Centre and More Than Robots have created a session for teachers, youth organisations, researchers and policymakers interested in the digital provision of creative arts for primary aged pupils.

Presentations

The Play Observatory - Prof. John Potter

“In their own words”: Westminster Abbey & CLC digital projects - Sian Shaw

Building (and maintaining) a city-wide primary arts curriculum to raise attainment - Kate Fellows

More to be added soon

This interactive and inclusive meet up will include inspiring examples of how technology can be used to support learning in music, visual art and drama in person and online at home drawing on our experiences as Tate Exchange associates and our partnership work with a range of cultural institutions.

This informal event is an opportunity to discuss real examples of what does/doesn’t work, meet colleagues from other sectors working on similar challenges and share useful research, news or updates

The morning will include case study presentations (details below) followed by a Q&A. There will also be an opportunity for a rapid sharing round for launches, project updates or requests for help and a short break to avoid zoom brain drain.

24/06/22,
09:30
- 11:30
KS1, KS2
Subject leaders, Teachers...

Upcoming Special projects

The News Project
25/11/21,
09:30
- 14:25
KS2

Special project in collaboration with First News Education

For a third year, building on two successful previous projects, we are once again partnering with the children’s newspaper First News, fellow member of the national Making Sense of Media and News Literacy networks. This special project with a literacy, PSHE and citizenship, as well as computing focus, highlights our specialist interest in this important aspect of digital and critical literacy.

The News Project will enable participating classes from year 5 to immerse themselves in news and current affairs using First News and the Bett award-winning First News iHUB, which will be provided free of charge during the school-based part of the project over a six week period. Under the guidance of their teacher, pupils will be supported in their development as a community of fully informed news readers. Classes will test their new critical skills and knowledge in the culminating virtual celebration event which will include a news competition and team-based critical literacy and editorial activities. After the event, schools will be able to use the resources from the day in their school.

The project will launch with an introductory CPD session for teachers to set the context, demonstrate resources and to plan for the school-based activities. 

Initial CPD session - Thursday 21st October 4pm-5.00pm. 

Project work undertaken in school - October and November.

Special event - Thursday 25th November 9.30am-2.45pm.

The Garden Museum
21/02/22,
-
KS1

The CLC is once again partnering with the Garden Museum to offer a partnership project for KS1 pupils (primarily suited to Yr2). Located next to Lambeth Palace on the bank of the Thames, the museum has an inspiring collection that provides the ideal stimulus for young learners to explore the world around them.

Pupils will use technology alongside the museum’s collection to explore the wonderful world of seeds.

  • How are they planted?
  • How do they spread?
  • What is inside them?

 The Garden Museum has a large collection of seeds and tools that pupils will engage with.

These half-day sessions will take place at the Garden Museum.

There is a limited number of dates available, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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