Activities for pupils - Barclays Code Playground

Code Playground Live projects

Building future skills

This was our very first Code Playground Live video and we need you to help our character get in to the castle. Code along to create a simple game and start learning some of the basics of coding. Click to watch the video, and for this project you will also need to access scratch.mit.edu

Bonjour little fish

Hello, Hola, Ciao, Guten Tag and Shikamoo! This project helps to introduce extensions in Scratch by creating a simple language helper. Code along to create a fun project that will talk to you. Click to watch the video, and for this project you will also need to access scratch.mit.edu

Making melodies

Music was our first love, it can be yours too. Introduce music into your Scratch coding with this fun session. Code along to create a simple melody and as well as learning how to create your own tunes. Click to watch the video, and for this project you will also need to access scratch.mit.edu

Functional functions

Can you help the cat to catch the mouse? We look at ways to make your coding more efficient by creating functions using custom blocks. These blocks help you to not repeat yourself when coding. This will make your projects easier to fix, or debug, if they go wrong. Click to watch the video, and for this project you will also need to access scratch.mit.edu

Snowball scramble

Dodge the snowballs and get a chance to throw one back. In this session we explore how using clones in Scratch can make your projects more powerful. Use the starter guide to code along with the video. Or, if you would like more of a challenge, try the full project to create the full game. Click to watch the video, and for this project you will also need to access scratch.mit.edu

Super scribbles

Turn your scribbles into colourful patterns. In this project we start to use the pen extension and variables to create geometric shapes. Click to watch the video, and for this project you will also need to access scratch.mit.edu

Magic dinosaur

Ask the magic dinosaur any question to get an answer. Code along as we start to look at how we use list variables in our projects. Using lists is a great way to help make your coding neater and easier to use. Click to watch the video, and for this project you will also need to access scratch.mit.edu

Time wizard

Power up your wizard to beat the clock and solve the maze. For this project we learn how to create power ups for our games. A great way to make your games more fun, by adding extra features and an element of chance. Click to watch the video, and for this project you will also need to access scratch.mit.edu

Balloon pop

You can star in your own computer game using video sensing in Scratch. Code along with this project to learn the basics of how to use your webcam to control your sprites and projects. Click to watch the video, and for this project you will also need to access scratch.mit.edu

Catch the hedgehog

How quick are your reactions? In this project we're using loops and conditional statements to test your reflexes. How many hedgehogs can you catch? Click to watch the video, and for this project you will also need to access scratch.mit.edu

Watermelon drop

Do you dare to drop a watermelon on the lion's head? Go back to basics in this simple project. It's a great way for anyone to get started or to test your skills. Click to watch the video, and for this project you will also need to access scratch.mit.edu

Halloween hunt

Here's our special halloween spook-tacular. In this project you'll need to code along to help the witch to her find the bat. This project is a great introduction to how we use conditional statements in Scratch. Click to watch the video, and for this project you will also need to access scratch.mit.edu

Scratch coding projects

Shark game

This workbook will take you through making our first ever Code Playground project. The Shark game is a simple project which is a great way to learn some of the basics of Scratch and how to use it. For this project you will also need to access scratch.mit.edu

Microbe battle

Can you make a project using only 20 lines of code? Use this workbook to see our example and then challenge your friends to see who can make the best 20 line project. For this project you will also need to access scratch.mit.edu

Monsters multiplication

Create your own times tables tester. In this workbook you'll make a project to help improve your multiplication skills as well as your coding. For this project you will also need to access scratch.mit.edu

Prince and Princess

In this workbook, we’re bringing magic and coding together. Using sequencing, we’ll learn how timing is everything, especially for this Princess and one very lucky frog. For this project you will also need to access scratch.mit.edu

Batter up

Let's knock this out of the park! Tap the space bar at the right time to hit the baseball. In this challenge we need you to first code our game to make this home-run score possible. Click to watch the video, and for this project you will also need to access scratch.mit.edu

Whale escape

Ready to make a splash? This project, in partnership with ORCA, needs you to use ‘selection’ and ‘conditions’ to help our whales catch fish and avoid some man-made hazards. For this project you will also need to access scratch.mit.edu

Micro:bit projects

Micro:bit tools

This was our first workbook for the BBC micro:bit and has a selection of simple projects to help you get started. 

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