We had the opportunity to play with Scratch. Myself and another trainee teacher created a code where an alien dives into a swimming pool.
It’s a relatively difficult programme to create something worthwhile, especially for children, but with the right amount of scaffolding and with the right activities to complete, children are able to gain a sense of programming and develop the ability to problem solve.
Some activities we completed included;
- Can you create this code?
- Can you adapt this code to make it to do something different?
- Can you use this game to make a different theme?
Scratch can encourage effective talk and is great for children to work in pairs. From my own experience, it is important to make sure that children take turns when completing the tasks and this can be done by the children assigning themselves roles. Also, 2 children (3 max.) is probably the best number to have as only one person can click at each time and other children might become disengaged.