Westerton Primary Academy – Yr4/5/6 – Thursdays – June/July 2024


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Block of 7 weekly after-school clubs for Yr4/5/6 children from Westerton Primary Academy. 

Thursdays : 6/6, 13/6, 20/6, 27/6, 4/7, 11/7, 18/7.  3:00pm - 4:15pm.  All abilities welcome, no previous experience required.  THIS HALF TERM WILL FOCUS ON USING THE BBC MICRO:BITS AND CODING WITH MAKECODE TO CONTROL PHYSICAL MODELS AND GAMES.  FOR EXAMPLE WE WILL CREATE OUR OWN MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS AND MAZE GAMES.  We will also continue working on our Scratch Game Designs.

Love robots?  Love LEGO building?  Love coding?  Join our after-school club where you will work in pairs to build different models each week and bring them to life using SCRATCH & the Lego WeDo 2.0 programming app.  Also this half term you will have the opportunity to further develop your coding skills with the SpheroEd programming app to control the Sphero Mini robots and Sphero Bolt robots and  learn how to code the BBC Micro:bits with MakeCode. 

These workshops will introduce students to basic block programming and automation using the Sphero Education programming app, the LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0 kits, SCRATCH coding and BBC Micro:bit MakeCode software.  They ignite an interest in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and provide a platform to extend young people's learning.  Most importantly, they are fun and exciting, allowing all involved to explore STEM subjects in innovative and inventive ways outside the curriculum.

Creativity and problem solving are encouraged throughout each session.  Topics covered include how to program and control motors, sensors and lights to bring models to life, types of movement, mechanisms, gears, pulleys, speed, engineering concepts and problem solving.  Computational thinking skills covered link to the NC and include automation, inputs, outputs, data processing, variables, sequences, loops and block programming using the WeDO2 app and for children with prior experience SCRATCH will be used. Students will occasionally work in pairs or small teams to complete set challenges, maintaining social distancing and encouraging them to think and work as young engineers.  Great for allowing them to develop their team work and communication skills.  All children in Yrs 4, 5, & 6 are welcome - no prior experience necessary, however younger children may initially be best suited to our beginners class on a Wednesday after-school.