12th April 2019
Subject: Coding Club
Hello Year 3 parents,
Due to popular demand from your enthusiastic children, I will be starting a coding club for the Year 3s. Initially the club will run as a ‘lunchtime’ club on Fridays. It will start this week. Those that wish to be part of the club will need a SCRATCH login. https://scratch.mit.edu/ these are easy to set up and free. Please set your child up with a SCRATCH account and write their login and Password in the front of their diary for use at school. My account is superj1m and the children can take any of my content and change the code, making it their own.
A little about Scratch:
The MIT Scratch Team works with the community to maintain a friendly and respectful environment for people of all ages, races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, and gender identities. You can help your child learn how to participate by reviewing the community guidelines together. Members are asked to comment constructively and to help keep the website friendly by reporting any content that does not follow the community guidelines. The Scratch Team works each day to manage activity on the site and respond to reports, with the help of tools such as the CleanSpeak profanity filter..
In the club I will be setting simple tasks to introduce the students to types of code and how it can be used. I know some will want to play the games and start with the complicated stuff; this may be fun, but not as educational as I’d like. We’ll start with the foundations, then building blocks: simple to more complex.