ClearPeople Goes Back to School with Code Club

25 Sep 2014

Leading London digital and technical consultancy, ClearPeople, are really excited to be going back to school this term with a new mentoring scheme at Bousfield Primary School in Kensington, organised through the voluntary initiative Code Club. The scheme is a free volunteer-led after-school coding club for children aged 9-11 and aims to teach children how to program by showing them how to make computer games, animations and websites.

Presently, over 2,000 schools and other public venues have established a Code Club programme and the BBC have now also published computer programming study guides, quizzes and other support materials on its Bitesize website to coincide with the new computing curriculum’s introduction in England.

As part of the scheme, ClearPeople will be sending two members of their web development team to Bousfield Primary School one afternoon a week to share their ideas and help the children learn about computational thinking, problem solving, planning, designing and collaboration.

“We’re incredibly excited to be taking part in this initiative which I’m sure will inspire kids not only to create and share ideas, but also pursue other digital marketing activities in the future,” says Hannah Robinson of Bousfield Primary School.

Co-Founder and Director of ClearPeople, Katya Linossi, says: “I’m sure it’s going to be great fun for the children to learn about programming, but it’s going to be lots of fun to come up with cool ways of getting the kids excited about code here at ClearPeople too!”

About Code Club

Code Club is a nationwide network of free volunteer-led after-school coding clubs for children aged 9-11. They create projects for their volunteers to teach at after school coding clubs or at non-school venues such as libraries. The projects they make teach children how to program by showing them how to make computer games, animations and websites. Their volunteers go to their local club for an hour a week and teach one project a week.

Each term the students will progress and learn more whilst at the same time using their imaginations and making creative projects. Terms 1 & 2 use Scratch to teach the basics of programming. Term 3 teaches the basics of web development using HTML and CSS. Term 4 teaches Python and so on.