In February 2021 Sophie Hudson, a teacher at Linton-on-Ouse Primary School and Nursery, took the leap and launched her first Code Club!
Sophie shares what she has learnt from running online sessions and her advice on how you can get started with your Code Club.
Sophie’s helpful pointers
If you’re ready to set up a Code Club in 2021, Sophie has three helpful pointers that gave her the confidence to start a club.
1. Head online
I completed the FREE online FutureLearn Prepare to Run a Code Club course. This really helped me to understand how to run a club and what I needed to do to get Code Club ready!
Take part in the Code Club meetups! Joining the meetup showed me that there is a great community ready to answer my questions, if I need help.
2. Learn together
Admit when you are ‘learning together’. It’s been really good for the children to see me work things out and hear my thought processes. The Code Club projects are really useful and provide a clear pathway through Scratch and onwards!
I was worried that I wouldn’t be knowledgeable enough to lead a Code Club effectively, but I couldn’t have been more wrong — learning together has proven to be a powerful tool!
3. Don’t worry!
Don’t worry about new projects! I’m looking forward to getting into the Python/HTML projects with the more advanced club members. Now I’m accustomed to the projects, I feel confident I will be able to do this without getting into a pickle!
What were the highlights?
It’s been seeing the children’s progress! A few children started off needing me to talk through each step with them, but now they are often steps ahead of me! There are two girls who are quietly gaining confidence to stray from the projects and create something totally different. I’m pleased to see their confidence grow and the pride they have when sharing their projects.
What do young coders think of this new Code Club?
“I like that we can do it together and also we can do it on our own. My favourite project so far is probably the ghost game because I used a bat and made it my own. It was a bit tricky online to start [with] but it got easier as I did more projects.”
Joe, Year 4 coder
Final words from Sophie
I was nervous to start my Code Club online, but in the end it was completely worth jumping in at the deep end! The children have really enjoyed it and now some of them can meet in the classroom, it is clear that they have been able to follow the projects themselves and learn so much from it.
Learn how you can go online with Code Club
Take a look at our ways to run a Code Club page for everything you need to know about taking your Code Club online.