North Tyneside pupils learn the language of computers

Tech savvy youngsters took learning out of the classroom to crack computer coding.

Friday, 24th March 2017, 9:11 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 9:52 am
Pupils from Holystone Primary School visit North East BT Local Business.

Year 6 pupils from Holystone Primary spent a morning at Converged Communications, the North East BT Local Business, to see its new Gateshead premises.

And as part of the trip, they took part in a number of activities to find out how computers are used in everyday life.

They created patterns with lights and sent messages using computer coding, as well as designed animations.

Teacher Katharine Soulsby said: “It’s been a fantastic experience for the children to come to the BT Local Business and see computing in the real world, outside of the classroom.

“The children are coming up to their SATS so it’s nice to get them into a new environment and engaged in coding, which is so important in the modern world.”

Pupil Ellie Preen, 11, also gave the thumbs-up to the session.

“It’s been such a fun day. I’ve learnt a lot of new stuff that I didn’t know about before, like how many things that we use every day, like washing machines, are actually computers,” she said.

North East BT Local Business managing director Matt Holmes said: “Technology fills every corner of our lives and it is vital that children are equipped with the skills and knowledge to succeed in the future.”