On the last day of term we were very lucky to have Natasha from Bletchley Park come in and deliver codebreaking and computing lessons to our school. Bletchley Park was the location where the very first computer was made (by accident) and it was also the top secret home to the top women codebreakers in WW2.
Year 3 and 4
Today Year 3 and 4 had an incredibly exciting opportunity to experience a code-breaking workshop with Natasha from Bletchley Park. The children were given a secret, unknown code and were guided through many cryptic clues on how to identify different letters in the code. In addition to this, the children learnt about how the enigma machine was invented during World War 2 and how it actually was the device that helped us to win the war through breaking Germany’s hidden codes. Each child got to try out the machine and it told them their Secret Agent code name. Natasha mentioned that our Year 3 and 4s at Whitehall Park actually cracked the code quicker than her Year 10 class!
Without a doubt, Year 3 and 4 had a fantastic time today and have come away with new knowledge and curiosity for the code-breaking technology.
Year 1 and 2
Our KS1 were treated to a codebreaking session while learning how to stay safe online. Year 1 and 2 learnt what information should not be given out online and also who to tell in case they did not feel safe. They also learnt what websites they can go on to report any issues (NSPCC.org and CEOP) and that our school iPads now have the Net Aware app they can use.
They also got to have a go at codebreaking with the enigma machine in learning partners. They had a simple code to crack.
We would like to say a big thank you to Natasha who came out and delivered this very informative and exciting day to all our children. The codebreaking and enigma machine were a highlight not just for the children but for the parents who stayed to learn and watch as well. Also, a big thank you to Katy Potts who helped organise the day with the IT lead Miss D.