NEWCASTLE Grammar School students as young as three-and-a-half years old are learning how to code.
Head of primary Alicha Dyer said the school’s preschoolers and kindergarteners have started Hunter mum Rebecca Carmichael’s six week computer science program Kid Coders.
“We’re teaching students to be computational thinkers and the concepts that technology is built upon,” Ms Dyer said. “These students will graduate year 12 in 2030 and retire around 2080 and we are unsure about what that world is going to look like.
“Technology is moving at such a fast pace that we need to prepare them the very best way we can.
“Children can’t just be consumers of technology, they need to be proficient users and able to create and design their own technology.”
Preschool and kindergarten will learn how a computer is programmed and apply their skills using programs on an iPad. Years 1 and 2 have started a 10 week program and year three and four will begin next term.
Students in these grades will learn how to create their own computer game.