Year 9 will be coding this learning block using a programme called Scratch. This week we looked at how to create a simple game using the drag and drop programming interface and next week we will be developing a two player game whilst learning about loops and if statements.
Scratch is a visual programming tool and whilst it might look like learners are learning how to make a game, the programming skills they are developing are key skills which they will undoubtedly need to be active citizens in the tecnologically advancing world in which we live.
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To support your child in their understanding of programming let them practice their programming skills online using this link, https://scratch.mit.edu/, or they can download it and install it on a desktop or laptop.
Learners can also improve their knowledge by visiting various different online tutorials including https://scratch.mit.edu/help/videos/ and http://scratched.gse.harvard.edu/resources/scratch-lessons-shall-we-learn-scratch-programming-tweens