Programming & Design in Elementary School

Grades 1 & 2

Grades 1 and 2 have been learning about computer programming using the app codeSpark Academy. This app allows them to play through puzzles while learning about coding concepts such as algorithms and sequencing. They build problem solving skills and perseverance by debugging their code to solve the levels as they play. Building on these concepts the students of Grades 1 and 2 have created their own games and stories using codeSpark. This gives them a chance to be creative and explore everything they can do with the characters and objects in the game as well as collaborate with other classmates when playing each other’s games.

Have a look at a few games and stories from Grades 1 and 2!

Grades 3&4

Grades 3 and 4 have been covering computer programming using combines a drag-and-drop programming language with programming puzzles for students to solve using concepts that can be adapted to any type of programming in the future. Grade 3 has just completed a mini-project on game design where they learnt how to take input from computer events and turn it into actions in their own game. Grade 4 is currently working on a mini-project titled “About Me” which branches off of our discussion topic on what information is safe and unsafe to share online. This mini-project is to create an interactive poster using code to share safe information about themselves.

Have a peek into the Grade 3 and 4 codes!

Grade 5

The Grade 5s have been using Google Drawings to create 2D designs. They have just completed an Infographic project on Culture which was linked to their PYP topic. The students were given a chance to research any aspect of their own culture or another culture that they were interested in. Many chose to research foods from another culture or to find interesting facts about the country that the culture originated from. They then used this information to create their own Infographics using Google Drawings.

Check out some of the Grade 5 Infographics!


Kimberly Manzano ​​​​​​​
Technology/ Robotics