At Frankston Heights Primary School, we pride ourselves on providing an innovative curriculum encompassing 21st century skills. Our students are involved in coding programs from prep to year 6.
Students begin their coding with simple floor robots. They give them directions and program them using algorithms. They also participate in unplugged coding which promotes computational thinking skills. This is integrated into areas such as numeracy, literacy and inquiry topics.
As students progress, they move onto to more advanced coding and engaging in more challenging activities. This includes things like programming our Sphero Robots to complete certain tasks and also using Scratch to write their own games and programs as well as design unique solutions to everyday problems.
Our year 5/6 students are also giving the opportunity to showcase their coding and design skills at the annual Northern Peninsula Digitech Conference. In previous years, our students have taken a lead role in presenting their coding to over 250 students from 20+ schools. They have also run workshops teaching others on the topic of coding, programming robots and programming musical instruments
Schools with an eye for the future need to promote skills that students will need in the future. We prioritise STEM and coding and integrate it into many areas across the curriculum.