Coding and Robotics are two words which tend to make people feel nervous and anxious if they are not confident in this area. What about coding and robotics in the curriculum for primary teachers and students?
If you have read my first blog you would know that I am a first-year teacher and felt as if I was not prepared for half of the things I have experienced with my Early Stage One (ES1) class this year. Just imagine, I felt unprepared then, what about now when primary teachers are beginning to implement coding and robotics in the classrooms with students as young as Kindergarten!
Yes, people do tend to feel apprehensive about this although before I continue writing the rest of my blog I want to reassure all the teachers, especially primary teachers out there that you DO NOT need to be an expert at coding to implement it within the classroom. I have only been exposed to it this year through professional learning days and I am already TREMENDOUSLY excited about implementing it within my classroom, sharing my journey of coding, how it links to the curriculum and how my students are working with certain aspects of coding in the classroom providing them with endless possibilities!
So why coding?
It is more than just students playing around on a computer, ipad, robotic equipment and as teachers we are certainly not asking or even expecting students to become proficient programmers. We want them to be excited about learning but it is the message and attitude that teachers pass on to students that will engage the students minds and make them want to create amazing things using coding and robotics in their everyday experiences. It provides students with authentic learning from the real world developing and shaping creative and logical thinkers of today’s society who have the problem-solving skills to persevere in everything they do. In ES1, my grade partner and I have implemented and integrated coding into various KLA’s.
A few examples of this include, using beebots in order to explore and understand the concept of length in mathematics and developing literacy skills with the endless opportunities to retell, change the sequence of stories or even developing their own e.g. Rosie’s Walk or The Very Hungry Caterpillar. ES1 have also just been introduced to bluebots and are exploring, investigating and critically thinking with a small group based on the topic of how objects move through our science unit ‘On the Move’.
I have only briefly discussed coding although throughout my blogging journey I will ensure to report back on coding in the curriculum and write in detail, the ways in which I have integrated it within my classroom, how it links to the curriculum, what the purpose of the task is as well as ways in which I have structured and programmed specific tasks for students to explore through developmental play.