Eventually the children progress through using "block code". If you have ever seen the Computing curriculum in the news then you have probably seen these peculiar blobs of colour being moved across the screen by eager looking children as they attempt to get some object to do something. One popular app for this is ScratchJnr or its more capable desktop app scratch.mit.edu. By the end of Key Stage 2 the children are using code to create their own apps.
As our group of BeeBots has somewhat aged, last week ETPS brought a new Code-A-Pillar. Using lights, sounds and being far more visual as a teaching aid it is fair to say the Computing Club was very excited about trying it out. It has already been booked in advance by Years 1, 2 and 5 and depending on the feedback this new gadget may soon have siblings.