Coding Club

What is coding? Coding is what makes it possible for us to create computer software, apps and websites. Your browser, the apps on your phone, and this website, they’re all made with code. Coding, in the simplest of terms, is telling a computer what you want it to do, which involves typing in step-by-step commands for the computer to follow.

Our Coding Club at Park Ridge Primary School is held every Wednesday lunchtime in Room 28. At the moment, the club caters for students in years 4 to 6, however students at all year levels explore some form of coding during their Digital Technologies lessons throughout the year. The aim of the club is to engage children in Computer Science, and allow them to gain a practical understanding of basic coding.

We are presently using the program, Scratch, to write and sequence instructions using drag and drop block programming. Although this program is loaded on our school laptops, it is a free program and can be access online at https://scratch.mit.edu/.

The benefits of learning coding at a young age are enormous and include the development of problem-solving skills, computational thinking, persistence, collaboration, and a deeper understanding of a range of mathematical concepts and language.