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Junior Code Club host Show & Tell


Junior School Code Club hosted a special Junior School Meeting on Wednesday to demonstrate their work to the rest of the Junior pupils and to celebrate their achievements over the last year.

Ruth Laird, code Club Leader, introduced the Year 3-Year 6 girls who hosted a show and tell. First up they explained how earlier in the year they wrote different code to send up to the International Space Station. Hannah, Year 6, then demonstrated a game she had created in which players had to race a caterpillar through a maze and help it turn into a butterfly.
Next up India showed the Junior School children a website they had created to introduce the Junior School to girls. The girls had created different sections for Subjects, Activities and Clubs. The website also included a profile on each of the Code Club members. The website demonstrated that Code Club is much more than coding. The girls had taken all the photos, written the copy and designed logos. They had also filmed and edited video clips, the children particuarly enjoyed the one recreating the staffroom at break time!
At the end of the Meeting Ms Capper handed out certificates to each of the girls to mark their remarkable digital achievements.

Our thanks to Ruth Laird, who works as a Software Engineer and voluntarily hosts Code Club sharing her expertise with the pupils.Code Club offers girls who are interested in coding the opportunity to extend their skills further. Although they use Scratch in lessons, in Code Club they take part in new projects and exciting competitions, with the expertise of Ruth to challenge them. As well as bringing a wealth of experience to the club, Ruth also brings other personal attributes. Having someone who is not a teacher, gives the club a different dimension and the atmosphere of the club is fun and relaxed. Ruth gives girls the confidence to try out code, test it, and adapt it as they work through her projects.

“Being an all girls school we are always championing girls in STEM subjects. Ruth is a wonderful role model to the girls in Code Club and in turn the girls in Code Club are fantastic role models to the younger girls. Mount girls are part of a culture where whatever they do in or out of the out of the classroom, they have important female role models. The girls know that they can achieve because they see it around them. They also begin to understand that STEM opportunities are available to them beyond school, by seeing women working in these careers,” comments Rachel Capper, Head of The Mount Junior School.


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