Regarding school closures, there are a number of ways in which you can continue your child's education in Computing from home. One way that you can do this is through Purple Mash, the site that we use to teach Computing in our school. The children already have accounts set up and there are many activities linked to computing and other curriculum areas for you to use through their website.
On top of this, there are a number of other sites that can be used to educate your children in Computing from home. Written below are a select few with information on what to expect from them.
- https://lightbot.com/flash.html - Lightbot is a video game where the player is given a small number of tools that they must use to make their character light up the correct blocks. The game introduces children to simple and complex problem solving as well as some programming-specific tools such as loops and procedures.
- https://scratch.mit.edu/ - Scratch is another free program made by MIT. Scratch is a basic visual programming piece of software designed to help introduce children to programming.
- https://code.org/athome - Code is a website dedicated to providing a place to learn all about computing. On the Code at Home section of the website, you will find a variety of tasks, educational videos and other resources to help your child continue to learn at home.
- https://www.kodugamelab.com/ - Kodu Game Lab is a free program made by Microsoft that enables children to create simple video games by using a visual programming language. There are many guides available on the web and many tools and graphical elements are built into Kodu for children to use.
- https://turtleacademy.com/ - Turtle Academy is a website that teaches children to draw simple shapes using programming functions such as loops and procedures. It starts off simple, explaining every step of the way and provides hints and solutions should your child get stuck.