It was wonderful to see so many children in Years 2-6 join us for Coding Club during lunchtime last week. The students had fun exploring the ‘Tynker’ app which is an educational programming platform aimed at teaching children how to make games and programs. Instead of typing the source code, students visually drag blocks of code and snap them together.
Computer programming is an important 21st century skill that kids can start learning at any age. While coding with Tynker, students apply skills such as critical thinking, pattern recognition, problem solving, debugging, resilience, sequencing, spatial visualization, and algorithmic thinking.
Coding Club will continue to the end of the term with Years 2-3 on a Wednesday and Years 4-6 on a Thursday.
As the children become more familiar with this app, we will look at other coding apps to extend their knowledge.
What is coding? Coding is what makes it possible for us to create computer software, apps and websites. Your browser, your OS, the apps on your phone, and this website – they’re all made with code. Coding, in the simplest of terms, is telling a computer what you want it to do, which involves typing in step-by-step commands for the computer to follow. The benefits of learning coding at a young age are enormous and include the development of problem-solving skills, computational thinking, persistence, collaboration, and a deeper understanding of a range of mathematical concepts and language.