Workshop: Generation Code

  • 17 Sep 2019 - 1 Apr 2020
  • £7.25 per child, Key Stages 1 & 2

In these workshops, children will use computers to programme real-world objects. Using basic computing principles they will programme a robot or Micro:bit to accomplish tasks, learning how algorithms and coding can be used in both the digital and real world.


Beginner level (for pupils starting their computing journey)

Learning objectives:

  • Understand what an algorithm is and that computers follow these precise and unambiguous instructions.
  • Learn how to write a simple algorithm
  • Learn how to use a simple arrow based interface to control a robot.
  • Learn how to write a simple program to navigate the robot around the table to specific points.

Curriculum links:

  • Understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions.
  • Create and debug simple programs.
  • Use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs


  • Describe position, direction and movement, including whole, half, quarter and three-quarter turns.


Intermediate level (for classes already familiar with computing)

Learning objectives:

  • Learn how to use block-based coding interface to write simple programmes.
  • Learn how to use input and output in a computer programme.
  • Discover what kinds of materials conduct electricity.
  • Learn how to use conditional statements when writing computer programmes.
  • Learn how to write a simple programme that uses a Micro:bit to test if an item can conduct electricity.

Curriculum links:

  • Design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems
  • Work with variables and various forms of input and output


  • Recognise some common conductors and insulators, and associate metals with being good conductors



Available selected dates this Autumn 2019 and Spring 2020 term:

17 September – 17 October 2019
5 November – 22 November 2019
22 January – 14 February 2020
25 February – 1 April 2020

Remember: We’re closed on Mondays during term time!

All visits include

  • A welcome by our specially trained staff
  • Dedicated lunch area for your pupils
  • Option to pre-book a visit to the gift shop
  • Explore our museum and outside area
  • Free teacher preview visit
  • Resources such as risk assessments and gallery guides

Calderdale schools get 50% off!

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