Scratch to Python: Moving from Block- to Text-based Programming

Learn how to apply the thinking and programming skills you've learnt in Scratch to text-based programming languages like Python.

Scratch to Python: Moving from Block- to Text-based Programming

  • Duration 4 weeks
  • Weekly study 2 hours
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Discover how you can transition from block to text-based programming

Block-based programming languages like Scratch make it simple to learn and teach programming. But once you and your students have mastered it, it’s time to move on to a text-based programming language such as Python. This online course will show you how.

You’ll discover how to transfer the programming and thinking skills you learnt while using Scratch to Python. You’ll develop basic text-based programming skills, learning how to understand error messages and debug code.

The course will show you the power of text-based programming and give you the tools to support your students’ transition too.

What topics will you cover?

  • Programming and thinking skills in Scratch
  • Basic skills in Python programming language
  • Simple error messages in Python syntax, and how to debug code
  • Understanding the power of text-based programming and what you can create with it
  • Tools to support children’s transition from block-based to text-based programming

When would you like to start?

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Explore how you can transfer programming and thinking skills from Scratch to Python
  • Develop basic skills in Python programming language
  • Identify simple error messages in Python syntax and how to debug code
  • Reflect on the power of text-based programming and what you can create
  • Produce tools to support children’s transition from block-based to text-based programming

Who is the course for?

Scratch to Python is designed for primary or K-5 teachers and volunteers. If you don’t have any experience of programming, we recommend you take Teaching Programming in Primary Schools first, to learn the basics of block-based programming in Scratch.

What software or tools do you need?

Scratch and Python

What do people say about this course?

This is a great course and I would love to see more of these type of projects that children (and myself!) can play around with and improve as they learn new skills. I wish it was more than 4 weeks long!

Sandra L.

Thank you for this course! As a parent with some coding experience it can be challenging to find ways to approach coding with kids. This course definitely has me thinking differently about how to help my kids evolve their programming skills. Also some very good info I can pass along to our school!


Who will you learn with?

Caitlyn Merry

Caitlyn Merry

Caitlyn creates and develops Raspberry Pi resources. She is a former teacher, and a postgrad student in social innovation. She likes open tech, the outdoors, art, music, games and anything scifi.

Rik Cross

Rik Cross

I am Director of Informal Learning at the Raspberry Pi Foundation, previously a secondary ICT and Computing teacher.

Martin O'Hanlon

Martin O'Hanlon

I love technology and creating projects and learning resources for Raspberry Pi. As a child I wanted to be either a computer scientist, astronaut or snowboard instructor.

Marc Scott

Marc Scott

Marc is a former Science and Computer Science teacher, now working for the Raspberry Pi Foundation as a Content and Curriculum Manager

Who developed the course?

Raspberry Pi Foundation

The Raspberry Pi Foundation works to put the power of digital making into the hands of people all over the world, so they are capable of understanding and shaping our increasingly digital world.

National Centre for Computing Education

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