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Introduction to coding & Next steps in coding

An introduction to the fascinating world of robotics and coding. 

Introduction to coding & Next steps in coding

Our 'Introduction to coding’ workshop introduces students in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 to the fascinating world of robotics and highlights the many everyday devices that are computer-controlled. Working in groups of 2 or 3, students begin by constructing an animal robot and through an intuitive drag and drop app installed on a tablet, program their robot to complete a series of tasks. Problem solving, communication and team work are skills pupils will develop as well as resilience. 

If pupils already have knowledge of coding, our ‘Next steps in coding’ workshop may be more suitable. This session explores more advanced coding concepts using a block-base, open-ended visual programming language. Pupils will learn various commands and write complex code to complete a set of challenges. This workshop is suitable for Reception to Year 4 (4 to 8 years).

STEMworks provide all the resources required for each workshop.


Minimum of 15 participants, maximum of 30 participants.


1 session lasts 2 to 3 hours.

Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Improve attainment and progress in STEM subjects

Subjects and topics

    • Computing
    • Engineering
    • Maths
    • Electronics, robotics and programming
    • Structures, construction and civil engineering

Gatsby benchmarks

The Gatsby benchmarks are a framework for good careers guidance for schools across all of England and in some areas across the rest of the UK. This experience helps your school to reach the following benchmarks:

  • Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers

Essential skills

The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:

  • Creativity - the use of imagination and the generation of new ideas.

  • Listening - the ability to listen and understand information.

  • Problem solving - the ability to find a solution to a complex situation or challenge.

  • Teamwork - working cooperatively with others towards achieving a shared goal.

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