Scratch Resources

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Here you will be able to find a selection of resources to help teach computer science and programming using Scratch software.  Scratch is a drag n’ drop programming environment for children.  It was developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab and is provided free of charge.  You can use it online or download an earlier version to install on your machine

Use online here: https://scratch.mit.edu/

Download from here: https://scratch.mit.edu/scratch_1.4/


Programming a traffic lights sequence in Scratchtraffic_lights

A quick and simple way of helping Y4, Y5 and Y6 to understand the basic concepts of writing a simple computer program. This exercise will help to set in context the idea of computer programs controlling many aspects of our everyday life.

Programming a traffic lights sequence in Scratch instructions

Program traffic lights (Scratch files)


Programming a coastal erosion animation

This is an excellent activity for children to do while studying coastal erosion; not only will it improve their computer science skills but it will also develop / consolidate their understanding of erosion.  The activity could be used as an introduction to ‘loops’ in computer science or as part of a project to consolidate their understanding. Additionally the children will learn how to manipulate stage backgounds and sprite costumes to create animations in Scratch. Lastly it will help the children to plan sequences of events using suitable time delays.

Program a coastal erosion animation


Programming a coastal erosion quiz using if … else statements

This is an excellent activity for children to do while studying coastal erosion; not only will it improve their computer science skills but it will also develop / consolidate their understanding of erosion.  The activity could be used as an introduction to ‘if … else’ statements in computer science or as part of a project to consolidate their understanding. Finally, this method of making a quiz can be used for any topic of your choice.

Program a coastal quiz


 

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