The most fun we have had on a rainy day in AGES!
For the same reason as we haven’t taught levers, pulleys and cogs we haven’t taught coding yet this year.
There simply hasn’t been a genuinely child led reason to do so. So we have been putting it off!
But, a rainy few days pushed me to think outside the box with some ideas as to how to introduce the girls to coding over a few lessons.
We started with directions in maths and learnt the pints of the compass and revised our left and right.
Then, we tried to remember clockwise and anti-clockwise to help use others turns.
Finally, we moved all the furniture out of the way in the lounge and set up a game.
We started by just running to the different compass points to warm up our brains. Then, We pointed to different directions, then turned clockwise and anti-clockwise by quarter turns and half turns. Everyone had a go at being ‘the boss’ – we tried right and left too to see if these had stuck.
Next, we started moving around the room using the terminology to give directions.
4 steps East
Quarter turn clockwise
2 steps South etc.
This was great fun and everyone liked being in charge of the ‘robot.’
Finally, I used chalk to lay out a maze on the tiled floor and each child had a turn of directing and being directed around the maze… Freya was even brave enough to do it blind folded!
Looking forward to the next lesson already 🙂