Coding Club

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.

Our Coding Club at Parkdale Primary School is held every Thursday in the library for the first thirty minutes of lunchtime. At the moment, the club caters for students in years 2 to 6, however students at all year levels explore coding during their ICT lessons or year level rotations throughout the year.

The aim of the club is to engage children in Computer Science, and allow them to gain a practical understanding of basic coding.

Using computers and tablets, students learn to write and sequence instructions using drag and drop programming and basic JavaScript. They create interactive games, stories and animations, and solve fun puzzles.

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. Most importantly for a lunchtime club, the children really enjoy it!

Below are links to a clip and some interesting articles about coding in schools:

Splash.abc.net.au - Clip

The Conversation

AFR - Report