Last session P4 at St Peter’s Primary took part in the ‘Hour of Code’ and submitted the project to the Raspberry Pi Foundation. They were successful in winning five Raspberry Pis and, with the support of a parent, are exploring programming using Python during a lunchtime computer club.
What is Raspberry Pi and how might you use it?
When introduced to the Pi learners at St Peter’s started with the basics. This included how to assemble the Pi and as it is so small the pupils were able to see all the components that make a computer work. They then learned to connect and ‘boot’ the Pi and navigate the interface.
This led to the use of the free Minecraft program, Minecraft Pi. Pupils were very excited and motivated by this environment. They were taught how to use Python to carry out building tasks. Once this was mastered the pupils learned to edit and run a Python script to build and customise the size and building materials of a castle. They then learned to control the Python execution using conditional statements. By using their knowledge of Python the children are now able to bypass creating new worlds each time and much prefer working together to create castles and then demolish them with explosives! You can find out more about Raspberry Pi here and use these lesson plans to get you started. If you are keen to get a code club started in your school and don’t have the expertise Code Club connects schools with volunteer programmers, who are keen to support schools for free.