In September 2014, the UK became the first country in the world to put Computing at the heart of the school curriculum.
Ocado Technology's Code for Life initiative has been developed to help teachers deliver the new curriculum, so they can inspire the next generation of computer scientists. But this is just the beginning. Over the next couple of years, this initiative will be expanded to support pupils throughout their school career, from age five to 16, and beyond.
Rapid Router marks the first step in this journey. It is a free, comprehensive Key Stage 1 and lower Key Stage 2 teaching resource and web application, designed for, and tested by, primary school teachers.
Rapid Router is a fun and engaging education resource which includes a coding game that helps teach children the basic principles of programming.
Built on 'Blockly', an easy-to-use visual programming language that's similar to Scratch, Rapid Router enables teachers to monitor and manage individual pupil progress and identify where more support is required.
After Blockly, Rapid Router moves onto coding in Python – an easy language that’s perfect for beginners but also used by organisations such as NASA and Google.
Students will quickly pick up how to write clear, simple lines of code, plus learn the importance of accuracy and correct syntax – critical for all programming languages.
As part of the Key Stage 2 curriculum, pupils are required to:
Using Rapid Router, students will learn…
The students start by solving the game levels with Blockly, which is then converted to Python. There are 12 levels to reinforce concepts.
Blockly is hidden away altogether and students have to use Python instead. There are 18 levels, giving the students plenty of scope to explore and practise their skills.Log in to download the teaching pack