Computing

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Here are our top 10 ideas for you to try out in school or at home.
1. Using a Bee Bot to learn about directions and distances. There is a free iPad app to download and a 69p app that is about pyramids. You can also program a robot called A.L.E.X. to move to a target position using a free iPad app.
2. Playing a free online game against a friend that involves pretending to be a mouse and collecting cheese. You will need to plan your route carefully.
3. Design a game using this free BBC site that you can then share. You can use the game toolkit to make tricky challenges for your friends to play
4. Programming a dinosaur to jump, move and change size. This is a free iPad app that allows you to touch the screen and shake the ipad to control the dinosaur.
5. Putting instructions in the correct order to create a simple computer program. You can try out activities for Year 1 – 6 from J2Code
6. Putting instructions in the correct order to complete a task succesfully. For example, making a sandwich, crossing the road, brushing your teach and making some biscuits. This is called an algorithm.
7. Complete an hour of code by using a sequence of simple instructions. Hour of Code
8. Create your own interactive stories, games, and animations using a free online program calledScratch. You can also download a free copy.
9. Create your own 3D world using a free programme called Kodu. A version for the Xbox costs £4.99
10. Write a computer program by typing in text. An example is using the language Python. You can do this by signing up to Codecademy or downloading a free iPad app