29 Apr

Start Scratching Session 1


Class starts with Scratch website loaded and unique account open on each computer (login etc. covered in later session). Students start a new project, and then have a brief verbal introduction to the interface. Students create a simple program using movement, control loops and events. Strong emphasis is placed on interactive problem solving (in red bold) as an effective method for students to learn programming.

How is it tailored for 5-7 year olds?

  • Hands-on programming is introduced with minimal introduction (loading Scratch,logging in etc. is not covered in this session)
  • Formal progressions – steps from basic technique to more sophisticated use cases

What is covered?

  • Introduction to Scratch interface
  • Basic movement (move, if on edge bounce)
  • Basic Control Loops (repeat, forever) and Events

Click below for handout including step by step guide to completing the session.


01 Apr

Start Scratching

Start Scratching is a new club to introduce KS1 and KS2 children to computer programming using Scratch, see below for further details about Scratch. It began in the summer term at Haslingfield Primary School, Cambridgeshire. The club is only open to children attending the school.

We will be adding more details of the club, including tutorials to do at home for those not able to attend, on the Start Scratching website so check back soon. You will also be able to see some of the programs the children have created.

What is Scratch? Imagine, Program, Share.

Scratch is a program designed by MIT to introduce children to computer programming. It is used by students, teachers, and parents for a range of educational and entertainment purposes from maths and science projects, social sciences, animated stories and interactive art and music. Simple games may also be made with it.

You can find out more information about the Scratch at http://scratch.mit.edu/.