KIDS at a Renfrewshire school have been feeling the buzz of coding after getting involved with a unique programme designed to bring computer science to life in the classroom.

Houston Primary is one of several schools in Scotland using the BT-sponsored Barefoot Computing programme, which offers free, classroom-ready teaching resources.

One of the pieces of equipment pupils have been using is BeeBots, which are programmable robots that allow youngsters to take their first steps into coding.

Latest figures show teachers from nearly 70 per cent of primary schools in the country have registered for the programme.

Carol Farquhar, principal teacher at Houston Primary, told The Gazette: “We have been pleased to be part of the Barefoot initiative. It’s been a great way to get the pupils further excited about computing.

“Technology and digital skills are an important part of the Curriculum for Excellence and bringing these ideas into our teaching has really helped to engage the children.”

Curriculum for Excellence is an Education Scotland programme designed to give young people the knowledge they need for 21st century life.

The Barefoot Computing lessons are available to all primary schools and aim to help pupils aged between five and 11.

The free downloadable resources have been tailored to the Scottish curriculum, are available in English and Gaelic and have been backed by the Scottish Government.

Alan Armstrong, strategic director at Education Scotland, said: “It’s crucial our learners have the tools they need to thrive in an increasingly digital world. I look forward to continuing to work with BT.”

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