VOLUNTEERING
on a Bupa Coding Day
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Thank you so much for considering volunteering on a Bupa Coding Day, or already signing up. It's a fantastic way to get involved, have fun and feel great because you're helping to inspire the tech innovators of the future! Here's everything you need to know.

What you'll be doing

As a volunteer you'll help our Bupa Coding Days go smoothly, and you'll really make a difference to the children's experience. You'll be helping with the activities, encouraging the children to explore,  discover and get excited about coding, and stepping in if children need extra help. You'll also be providing some much-needed support for the teachers, whilst learning and having fun yourself! Here's a summary of what you'll be doing:

  • Having fun! Watching our show and 'Program Each Other' explainer videos with 5-9 year-olds

  • Helping the children - with some fun 'unplugged' (non-tech) activities

  • Encouraging the children - to play and explore, and use all the coding terms from our show, whilst helping them with their teamwork skills

  • Learning new skills - if you're interested you can learn to program in Scratch and help the older children (if this activity is chosen by the school)

  • Feeling great! Because you're helping to inspire the tech innovators of the future!

What you won't be doing!

Don't worry - you won't need to stand up in front of the class and teach, and you won't be responsible for children on your own! You also don't need any prior knowledge of coding or computing, so you can cancel that HTML course!

Preparing for the Bupa Coding Day

You don't need to do anything specific to prepare, however you might want to watch our trailer video below, so you understand what our show and activities are all about. And if you'd like more detail, please take a look at our Volunteers' download page which includes an activities explainer video and resources to help you understand what we'll be doing on the day.

DBS checks

Your school may require you to have a DBS check in advance and they should let you know about this.

At Get with the Program, we usually use the national STEM Ambassador scheme for volunteer DBS checks, and you can apply yourself.

Date and timings

Our first Bupa Coding Day is on 14 September. Schools will decide individually what time they'll be starting, so please reach out to your nominated school to find out what time you're needed if you haven't heard from them beforehand.

Example schedule

All schools will run their Bupa Coding Days differently, however we've put together an example schedule to show you how a typical Bupa Coding Day timetable might look.

What to bring on the day

You won't need to bring anything specific - the schools will have all the materials required for the activities - however depending on timings you may need to bring a packed lunch. Please liaise directly with the school regarding where you can leave bags, etc.

Dress code

Our activities involve setting out grids on the floor and might be run inside or outside. There's no specific dress code, but please wear comfortable, appropriate clothing and footwear.

Photography

Photography of children by volunteers won't be allowed during the Bupa Coding Day so please be aware of this. The school may have permission to photograph the event after seeking consent from parents, however volunteers are not allowed to take photographs.

You can, however, take a photo of yourself at the school entrance or sign to show us where you are volunteering - let us know using the following hashtags: #BupaCodingDay #GetwiththeProgram #GWTP

...psst! Fancy learning to code in Scratch?

Scratch is a simple programming language that we use in our activity for older children aged 7-9.

If you'd like to learn to code in Scratch so you can help with this activity, please check out our Scratch resources in the Lower Key Stage 2 tab on our Volunteers download page (to find it, click the Lower Key Stage 2 button and scroll down)

Bupa Coding Day show trailer:
Any questions? Feel free to contact us: getintouch@getwiththeprogram.org.uk

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