Scratch is a programming environment especially developed by MIT so children can learn to code. Children as young as 7 or 8 years can learn to create their own scripts and make exciting and imaginative projects. The environment is such that as children develop their skills and knowledge it is possible for them to create increasingly complex programs that can take them through to Level 1 NCEA and beyond.
A Coherent Programming Pathway with Cross-curricular Links for years 6-8+
The following table represents a learning pathway using the Scratch programming environment. This approach has been tried and tested in the classroom for many years. Two lessons a week is recommended.
This approach is appropriate if you are seeking ways to introduce computational thinking and programming skills to your learners as you get to grips with the requirements of the new curriculum. The following strands from the new NZC Digital Technologies are covered:
- Digital Applications
These activities afford a learner-centred approach and support learning as inquiry. For more examples of classroom projects made with Scratch click on the links to visit the Scratch Galleries.
|Year 6 Maze Game
Use the arrow keys to move. Don’t touch the edge!
|Year 7 Science Fair Press the Green Flag and let it run||Year 8 Game Design Follow the instructions as you go.|
Older learners, or those with prior experience of Scratch may benefit from an approach that introduces the more advanced concepts of algorithms and programming as a lead in to NCEA Computer Science and Programming.