Cryptography: Secrets, Secrets, Secrets: A parent’s guide to computing at home

Author: Estelle Ashman, curriculum content developer

Following on from last week’s workshop, Part-Baked Games: Chefs Edition, this week’s workshop in our computing at home teaching series is  Cryptography: Secrets, Secrets, Secrets, a workshop that will introduce your children to the wonderful world of cryptography and ciphers.

Cryptography is the art of solving and writing secret messages.

This workshop is perfect for ages 7 -14 years.

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Part 1 of the workshop will introduce the concept of cryptography.

·        To begin, the workshop takes a mini historical tour of cryptography through the ages to help your child to understand its role in history

·        Following this we will then learn about and create some of our own ciphers using various historical techniques

Part 2 of the workshop will teach your child how computers can be used to create and crack ciphers using a spreadsheet.

We will learn how to create spreadsheets that use the following ciphers:

·        Transposition cipher

·        Caesar cipher

I hope your little learners enjoy Cryptography: Secrets, Secrets, Secrets please do get in touch with me at you have any comments or feedback on the workshop and don't forget to check out all our past workshops, here.

Find all the resources and worksheets here!