National Coding Week 2022

Sept. 6, 2022

National Coding week is a volunteer-led organisation founded in 2014 that aims to help build people’s confidence and skills by encouraging volunteers to run fun and engaging digital events. This year the week runs from 19th to 25th September and there are a number of ways that schools can get involved, such as running a coding challenge for students or simply showcasing how you are supporting coding in the school.

In this blog we pick our top three ways that you can support coding in school with 2Simple during National Coding Week and beyond.

Purple Mash

Within Purple Mash there are a range of tools that can support you with Coding in school.

These tools can be used on their own, with activities chosen for National Coding Week, or teachers can use the detailed coding plans, including our new slideshows to support the teaching of coding contained within the Purple Mash Computing Scheme of Work. There is a medium-term plan for each unit accompanied by detailed individual plans and slideshows that walk the teacher through the lesson.

This short video below provides a guide to coding in Purple Mash:

Computing Scheme of Work

Within the computing scheme of work every single lesson includes key computing vocabulary and definitions, and there are knowledge organisers for each unit that set out the key learning, resources, vocabulary, key images and key questions for that unit. If you don't have Purple Mash, you can download a sample pack of knowledge organisers here.

Free games

To celebrate National Coding Week we have made the following games free for all schools to use during the week. Tick tock challenges have been extremely popular recently, so why not get your pupils to take part in our Tick Tock Clock Challenge, although it may not be quite the same! They can also try out our Genie in the bottle game and feed some ducks all while expanding their coding capability.

The Time Crimes of Logonator

The week would also be a great time to challenge your pupils to complete the Time-Crimes of Logonator. Pupils must pit themselves against an evil robot who travels in time trying to disrupt the development of civilization. In each mission they must solve a puzzle using Logo. There are 13 missions in total and pupils need to unlock each one in turn, there are also printable sheets that support the missions as well as support for teachers.

Mash Club and Digital Leaders

The week would be a perfect time to set up your Digital leaders. Digital leaders are children with a passion for technology who want to share their knowledge with other and promote the use of all things digital throughout the school. We have everything you need to get started in Pupil Mash including challenges each half term that the Digital Leaders can complete.

They could help run a Mash Club. Mash Club is a pack of resources for running a computing coding club at your school using the Purple Mash tools. This includes an eight-week course on coding and Blogging using 2Code and 2Blog. Everything that you need to run the club is included and there is handy getting started guide as well as session outlines and a range of printable resources.

Python in Pieces

Finally, you could try our award-winning Python in Pieces resource. Transition your students from block-based coding to Python with guided lessons, open-ended activities and the ability to translate block-code to Python in both directions.

Designed by teachers to empower the specialist and non-specialist to teach Key Stage 3 coding with confidence, Python in Pieces is also perfect for developing the coding capability of your Year 6 students. The guided lessons allow students to manage their own learning and teacher solution guides enable teachers to support student learning at every step.

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Building code inside Python in Pieces

Coding webinars

In the run up to National Coding Week and beyond we're hosting some webinars to help you get the most out of our coding tools.

Meet Python as part of National Coding Week

Tuesday 13th September, 12:30 - 13:00

In this webinar you will learn what Python in Pieces is and how you can get it, look at the ready-made activities, and discover how to extend and use Python in Pieces with micro:bits.

Register here

Get Coding with Freecode as part of National Coding Week

Thursday 15th September, 12:30 - 13:00

In this webinar we will explore the open-ended Free Code mode within 2Code where children can explore, design and create their own programs.

Register here

Teach Coding to Primary Pupils

(20th, 27th Sept & 4th Oct): £50 for 3 sessions

If you need to deliver the Computing curriculum to KS1 or KS2 then this is the session for you! We will be using online and unplugged activities alongside Purple Mash tools and resources to support teaching and learning in the Coding/Programming aspects of the Computing Curriculum. The sessions will be interactive, practical and hands-on as well giving you a tour of key Computing resources and theory. This course is held as a series of 3 x 1.5 hour online evening webinars and is a cost of £50 for the course which covers course materials.

Find out more and register here

Whatever you do for National Coding Week, we would love to see your coding creations shared with us on either our Facebook and Twitter pages.