Creating fun coding projects for EYFS & KS1
There’s a preconception that coding is dull. But, I’m here to tell you that fun coding projects are the building blocks for this inherently creative subject.
When designing a coding curriculum, it’s important to recognise that Computing is inherently a creative subject and as such any projects should allowed children to express their individual creativity. No two projects should be the same, either in how they look, or in how the code has been put together because no two programmers, makers or creators are the same.
When we’re designing projects to work with MAMA.codes we want to ensure that it enhances children’s understanding in cross-curricular ways. This means that we frequently focus on skills such as communication and language, knowledge and understanding of the world and storytelling alongside the coding aspects. We want children to be able to explore, have fun and learn all at the same time.
Making projects fun is important, so we plan activities around children’s interests such as space and magic. Throughout a sequence of activities, we will use these themes to explore making games, telling jokes, creating stories and simulating real-world experiences. By making connections with the real world, children can apply their understanding of things such as sequencing and cause and effect giving them solid foundations to explore, tinker and create their projects.
Diversity of projects is important to us. Many people think of coding as a way to ‘make computer games’ and whilst this is this case, this is by far not its only application. The children we work with are growing up into a world where computer science and coding is everywhere, they need to see as many different applications as possible and so we aim to show as much as we can through the projects we design in every sequence.
For some fun coding project inspiration head over to our educator site where you can access a free trial and see project examples for both EYFS & KS1.