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Europe Code Week: Coding with FUN! in Ireland

We received a wonderful report from Jane Shimizu, Scoil Chaitríona Junior, Renmore, Galway, Ireland about their EU Code Week activity:

"We at Scoil Chaitríona Junior, Renmore, Galway, IRELAND had a wonderful time during EU Code Week 2018. Our school is an urban school, with disadvantage status. Our students are all aged between 4 and 8 years old.

Overall during EU Code Week 93 students (5 second classes), 5 teachers, 1 student teacher, 2 special needs assistants and 4 SAP volunteers were involved in our coding activities. For an hour each day classes took part in a coding workshop. The students were introduced to coding at an introductory level.

For our coding we used Scratch, Bee Bots, LEGO WeDO 2.0, Wonder Dots, iPads and programmes from The Hour of Code (Angry birds, Kodable, Moana and Candy Quest). All these sessions are written up  on our school website so that parents and the wider community can see what has been learned. Most of the workshops occurred in classroom 9, with visits from other classes, and the SAP Scratch workshop took place over the course of a day with all of the children in each of the five second classes. The main subjects covered in the coding workshops were Mathematics (positional language, directional language, addition, direction, angles, shapes), and also science, oral language, drama and physical education.

The emphasis on each workshop was on FUN!,on coding and on how to continue with simple coding at home.

Our heartfelt thanks go to Science on Stage, to SAP and their volunteers and to Galway Education Centre for their help in bringing coding to a new generation of appreciative students.

Many thanks

Jane and all at Scoil Chaitríona Junior"

Report and pictures © Jane Shimizu


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