Classes Games Design

Learning a new computer language allows children to be creative, improve their English, Design, Language and computational skills. Providing an introduction to creative computing with "Scratch" programming, using a design-based learning approach Children will Explore in groups the use of Scratch and how it is used, they will then design and create small programs in small groups and then work towards individual projects to create a computer game.

Importance of Computer Science:

"Computer Science is deeply concerned with how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed. Pupils studying computing gain insight into computational systems of all kinds, whether or not they include computers.

Computational thinking influences fields such as biology, chemistry, linguistics, psychology, economics and statistics. It allows us to solve problems, design systems and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence. It is a skill that empowers, and that all pupils should be aware of and have some competence in. Furthermore, pupils who can think computationally are better able to conceptualise and understand computer-based technology, and so are better equipped to function in modern society.

Computer Science is a practical subject, where invention and resourcefulness are encouraged. Pupils are expected to apply the academic principles they have learned to the understanding of real-world systems, and to the creation of purposeful artefacts. This combination of principles, practice, and invention makes it an extraordinarily useful and an intensely creative subject, suffused with excitement, both visceral 'it works' and intellectual 'that is so beautiful'."

Information taken from Computing at School Working Group.

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At the end of the course children will:

  • understand and use Scratch programming.
  • design a program
  • work in groups
  • be able to design their own computer game
  • achieve computational thinking abilities