Young people in Thropton are set to learn the basics of computer programming as £4,500 has been invested in new IT equipment for a coding club and other activities at Thropton Village First School.
Local county councillor Steven Bridgett has contributed the funding from his members local improvement schemes budget to purchase 20 chromebooks to use for a Code Club at the school.
Code Club is a nationwide charity which encourages children aged between nine and 11 to start learning the basics of computer coding. It is in addition to the normal school curriculum, and is run by volunteers.
The scheme provides easy to follow step-by-step guides which help children learn Scratch, HTML & CSS and Python by making games, animations, and websites.
It gradually introduces coding concepts to allow children to build their knowledge incrementally, meaning there’s also no need for the adult running the session to be a computing expert.
iNorthumberland, part of Northumberland County Council’s digital team, has introduced a number of code clubs, with almost 25 now active across the county.
Cllr Steven Bridgett, county councillor for Rothbury ward, said: “”I am very pleased to have been able provide these new laptops for Thropton Village First School, through my members small schemes budget, as technology is now a huge part of our economy and our national curriculum.
“We must be able to provide the most up-to-date tools for our young people to develop their I.T. skills for research or in areas such as computer coding.
“You never know, we may very well be nurturing the skills of the next Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg.”
Flora Cann, assistant headteacher at the school said: “We are delighted to receive these chromebooks. They will revolutionise the way we teach the new computing curriculum and will allow us to set our children up for their life in the digital age.
“I know the children are already excited to take part in the Code Club and we are looking forward to running many successful Code Clubs in school.”
Cllr Dave Ledger, deputy leader of Northumberland County Council added: Our iNorthumberland programme is doing some fantastic work in developing digital skills across the county – including Code Clubs like this one at Thropton.
“These initiatives combined with the superfast broadband programme are helping to ensure that communities right across Northumberland are better connected and can take full advantage of the digital age.”
If you are interested in establishing a club in your area of Northumberland , or finding out more, visit http://www.inorthumberland.