Speaking in code…

Year 4 have been exploring coding to make changes to some of their favourite websites!

We learned that, just like people, computers also have their very own language – in code! In order to give computers instructions we had to familiarise ourselves with coding and what it looked like.

We used a program called ‘Mozilla X- ray Goggles’ which allowed us to have a look inside a website – a little like how an X-day allows you to look inside the human body! X- ray goggles allowed us to view the coding for different elements of a website like titles, text and images.

Here’s a sample activity where we changed the order names of the animals in the code to create a strange animal of our very own!

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Changing the code for text elements however, is slightly different. The rule we had to remember was to only change the code written in black.

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This is because if any of the coloured code was changed, the computer would not respond and carry out the action we wanted it to.

Once we practiced changing the text on X-ray Goggles, we used our coding skills to change the headlines and captions of some articles on the newsround homepage.

Here’s a few of our examples!

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What jobs do you think these skills would be useful for?

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