Landsdale Primary students cracking the code

Teachers Lisa Sampey and Matt Bennett with Year 5 students Olivia Herridge, Kaila Farano and Josh Savino. Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au d445437
Teachers Lisa Sampey and Matt Bennett with Year 5 students Olivia Herridge, Kaila Farano and Josh Savino. Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au d445437

LANDSDALE Primary School students are conquering the complex world of coding.

Teachers Lisa Sampey and Matt Bennett launched an afternoon coding class this year before starting a club at the school called Code-Topia.

Students have learnt about coding in a computer language called Python, with several already completing their first interactive game.

Mr Bennet said the club had 20 students who now met twice a week before school and at lunchtime.

He said through Code-Topia they were gaining an appreciation of what could be created with technology.

“Why students should code is like asking why students should learn to read and write,” he said.

“Today and into the future, technology permeates every facet of our society.

“To navigate the technological world is easy and like reading you can consume and appreciate it, but if you want to participate in it and create your own solutions and add to the journey, you need to ‘write’ or for technological solutions you need to code.”

Ms Sampey said to deny students the skill was to deny them the chance to contribute.

“Not all students will do this as not all of us are writers, inventors or mathematicians,” she said.

“However, we try to give every child the skills to make the choice.”

She said students learn to read and write computer code through step-by-step challenges on educational coding websites and were currently completing a challenge set by the University of Sydney.

She said understanding how devices work and imagining new devices and services was assisted by coding.

“We need to teach the skills of computing and engineering to provide grounding for students to choose their future careers,” she said.

Teachers have collaborated further for the next phase of learning to include science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (STEAM) activities on Fridays.

Subjects include mechatronics, Code-Topia, multi-media, textiles, bricolage and scientific enquiry.