Coding at The White Horse Federation
It’s National Coding Week, a great opportunity to share some information about how we teach coding early at our schools.
At The White Horse Federation, computer education is emphasised as one of the key subjects from an early age. Through our school improvement team, many teachers have attended face-to-face training to ensure that they themselves are equipped to teach the subject that few of us have had experience with when we were in school.
National Coding Week is a volunteer run event that prompts people to learn new digital skills or share the skills they have. As a participant, we’d like to share their Where to Start Guide which provides some fantastic resources to get started if you aren’t lucky enough to be a pupil in one of our fantastic school coding classes.
As a Trust, we are also very proud to be represented by Georgia Mercier at The Croft Primary School. Georgia, a primary school coding teacher, also sits on the National Centre for Computing Education subject practitioner panel, and offers her expertise and experience to teachers across the country.
You can find out more about her fantastic work here: https://thewhitehorsefederation.org.uk/news/twhf-computing-coordinator-personally-invited-to-speak-at-ncce-event.
We've also been excited to see the continuation of our coding clubs in Bicester run by Darren Townsend. The club, which is being participated in at Southwold and Whitelands Academy introduces students to BBC Microbit and has been so popular that a second club at Whitelands has been opened. It's great to see so much enthusiasm for the subject!
Another aspect of computing education is online safety, which especially with the increase of digital learning, is highly important. Recognising our excellent work, in 2019 we were featured in a published guide for schools looking to build stronger relationships with the families of their pupils.