Experts say: “To survive in tomorrow’s society, young people must learn to code.”
Teaching children computational thinking, understanding, and writing code is a groundbreaking development in education in Australia.
At BVPS, coding concepts are introduced from Prep to Year 2 when children learn how to follow and describe a sequence of steps (computational thinking) and ways in which data is represented as pictures, symbols, and diagrams. Students are slowly introduced to some of the common jargon to help them familiarise themselves with the digital world and avoid being intimidated by technology.
Students learn to use a children’s coding program, such as Scratch, and develop projects such as “Scratchy the Cat”; a code to make the cat spin, walk, fly, interact with other objects, and repeat actions to create automated movement.
Creativity in technology is also a fundamental skill since most problem-solving tasks within the computational thinking spectrum invites a new kind of lateral thinking.