We know how much our children enjoy their computing lessons so we thought we’d share some optional activities that could be enjoyed at home.
No screen time needed for the following!*
Using a well-known story or song, children learn how important it is to put a sequence of events in the right order – the first step in understanding algorithms.
Transforming into robots and programming each other’s movements is at the heart of this fun and educational activity.
Children spot and create patterns
By drawing their own house, exploring and identifying similarities between features of other houses, children start to understand patterns
Hand Jive Sequence
Using a sequence of hand jives, children break down actions into smaller parts – just as problems are broken down to create computer programs like video games
Suitable for KS1 and KS2
Computing in the kitchen? Children will love making their own pizzas while learning to create and debug (fix) the recipe.
Children will make up a dance routine and create the instructions for a partner to follow.
Children programme their homemade bee to move towards flowers by creating a short sequence of instructions (an algorithm).
*All resources downloaded from https://www.barefootcomputing.org/homelearning
Technology required for the following!
Can you work on those mouse skills to dress Lecky?
Or maybe make your own Scary Spud?
If you are able to download, these are some apps we enjoy in KS1 and they’re free- available on Apple or Android.
A wealth of resources for KS1 covering all areas of the computing National Curriculum can be found here https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zyhbwmn Perhaps watch a video and complete some of the activities?
A wealth of resources for KS2 covering all areas of the computing National Curriculum can be found here:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zvnrq6f Maybe you could watch a video and complete some of the activities?
We always enjoy creating new projects using Scratch. If you follow this link and you can choose a tutorial. Can make your own animation?
Our older children have just started to learn about Kodu- why not follow one of the many tutorials? Perhaps you can create your own game? https://worlds.kodugamelab.com/search?query=Tutorial