Over on the BBC Bitesize website there are some fun things to do. There are videos, games and activities relating to the different areas of the computing curriculum: Computer Science, Digital Literacy & Information Technology. These are split between Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 so click on the link below which is most applicable to you.
Barefoot makes computing easy to teach and fun to learn, with or without a computer. They have a bank of enjoyable activities, designed by teaching professionals for families to do at home.
Fun and creative activities, built by teachers to help you guide your child through fundamental parts of the computing curriculum without the need for screen time. They include everything you need to get started with activity sheets and accompanying materials. See example below:
- Mini Missions
Our quick, easy to do mini activities provide fun ideas to get children practising their computational thinking skills. Split into the six computational thinking concepts, it’s easy to discover new ways to introduce and reinforce learning from school and at home.
These can be viewed online or downloaded the PDF below.
Barefoot have also created some fantastic online games for children to explore. These fun activities are Barefoot inspired and apply computational thinking concepts to promote learning while playing. Head to the Barefoot website for more information (you may need to scroll to the bottom of the web page to find the games).
BBC Dance Mat
Why learn to touch type?
When you can do it well, touch typing is the fastest way to write. Many people quickly learn to touch type faster than they can write with a pen. The important things to remember are:
■ Use the correct fingers
■ There's no need to rush!
■ Always rest your wrists on the desk.
You should take a rest and shake your hands and arms to relax your muscles if you get tired.
It is important not to look at your hands when you are learning to type. The best way to ensure that you do not look at your hands is to cover them up - you can make a simple box out of cardboard or wood to cover both the keys and your hands.
Code.org® is a non-profit organisation dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools. Their vision is that every student in every school has the opportunity, to learn computer science, just like biology, chemistry or algebra.
You do not have to create an account with code.org to use their projects but you will not be able to save your project. Speak to a trusted adult at home if you want to create an account together.
With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.
Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.
Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge.
We sometimes use Scratch in school to enhance the teaching of Computing.
You do not need a login but you will not be able to save your projects.
Speak to a trusted adult at home about creating an account together.