Coding, also known as programming, refers to the process of creating instructions (in the form of code) that can be interpreted by a computer to perform a specific task.
These instructions are written in programming languages, which are sets of syntax and rules that allow programmers to create software, applications, websites, and other digital products.
Coding involves breaking down complex problems into smaller, more manageable parts and identifying the steps needed to solve them.
It requires logical thinking and attention to detail, as even small errors in code can cause problems and errors in the resulting program.
We just added coding to our curriculum, and here is why;
- Curriculum enrichment: To align and integrate coding into learning and assessment through curricular and extracurricular Future Skills and Code Club, respectively. Learn more about curriculum enrichment at Hubert Ogunde Memorial School, here.
- Digital economy: To prepare our pupils for an ever-changing digital world. Having digital literacy and skills is no longer a luxury, digital skills, motivation and confidence are becoming essential for learning and work.
- Increasing demand: Our parents are well excited about coding and the wider opportunities and they will like to see coding take off in the school as soon as possible.
There are several benefits to teaching coding at Hubert Ogunde Memorial, including:
- Enhancing problem-solving skills: Learning to code requires students to think logically and methodically, which can help them develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills that can be applied in various areas of their lives.
- Fostering creativity: Coding can be a highly creative process, and learning to code can help students develop their imagination and express their ideas in new and exciting ways.
- Developing computational thinking skills: Computational thinking involves breaking down complex problems into smaller, more manageable parts and identifying patterns and relationships. Teaching coding can help students develop these skills, which can be useful in many areas beyond just coding.
- Preparing for the future: As technology continues to play an increasingly important role in our lives, coding skills are becoming more and more valuable. Teaching coding in primary school can help prepare students for the demands of a rapidly changing job market.
- Boosting confidence and self-esteem: Coding can be challenging, but successfully completing coding projects can give students a sense of accomplishment and boost their confidence and self-esteem.
- Promoting collaboration: Coding projects often require students to work in teams, which can help them develop teamwork and collaboration skills.
Overall, teaching coding at Hubert Ogunde Memorial School can be a great way to help students develop important skills that can benefit them in many areas of their lives, both now and in the future.