Great Western studios, 65 Alfred road, london w2 5EU

Mon-Fri, 9.30am-6pm

Mini Coders

Hampstead
Start your child’s coding adventure with basic computing, coding, and robotics!
Every day from 10am to 4pm (early drop off available from 9am)
Price: £195 to £425
Ages: 5 to 6
Location: The King Alfred School NW11
Dates: 17 to 21 December & 3 to 4 January
Option
Included in this course
  • Assessment and individual teacher reports
  • Teacher:student ratio of 1:6 
  • Real time communication with parents using ClassDojo
  • All equipment provided
  • Introducing programming with Scratch Jr
  • Robot building with Lego WeDo
  • For beginner coders
  • See a sample schedule
  • Outdoor play every day
  • Snacks and water provided
  • STEM activities and off-screen projects every day
  • Partial week bookings email us

Detailed Description

In this course, children will explore computational thinking, programming, robotics and creating games. Our Mini Coders start their journey by becoming familiar with iPads while introducing them to coding logic and reasoning. We will introduce Mini Coders to basic robotics, circuits and motors with LEGO WeDo. They will get the chance to create their very own incredibly cool robots!

Your child will develop their programming skills using Scratch Jr, an introductory programming language that enables young children to create their own stories, animations and games. This course will teach basic ICT skills and introductory computing concepts that are an important first step for children, especially when grasping the curriculum of the new National Computing Curriculum. During one week at blue{shift}, your child will learn more than most kids do during the whole school year!

PLEASE NOTE: Our January camp is much shorter so we will not cover all the concepts mentioned above. During the 2 days, students will be introduced to coding with Scratch Jr and get the chance to create their very own incredibly cool robots!

Topics Covered

  • Problem solving and troubleshooting
  • Fundamentals of coding, loops and logical reasoning
  • Robot building with Lego WeDo
  • Introduction to Scratch Jr
  • Understanding circuits and electricity

Prerequisites

This is an introductory course meaning students do not need any previous experience with coding. Some activities do require a basic level of reading and writing and this course would be most suited to children who have already started reception.


A typical day at camp


9am

Early drop-off begins

9:45-10am

Welcome Campers! Sign in, wave your adults goodbye and buckle up for a day of fun.

10am

Kick off with ice-breaker games and get to know each other – we guarantee you’ll get to laugh at your teachers and their silly antics!

10:15am

Introduction to our activity for the day. Let’s get coding!

11:15am

Fruit snack and water.

11:30am

Back to coding, building, designing and creating.

12pm

Lunch box time – grab your packed lunch, fuel up and re-focus that brain of yours.

12:30pm

Outdoor games – let’s get physical (we may even re-enact some of the games we make on our laptops!) If the weather does not allow it, we will do some hands-on activities inside.

1pm

Back to class – let’s build robots!

2:15pm

Short break

2:30pm

Finish off building and engineering - it is time to program the robots!

3:30pm

Show and tell – you’ll get the chance to impress your friends with your fine handiwork, attention to detail and creativity.

4pm

Pack your bags, go home and chill out!

Please note that sometimes a teacher will change a schedule depending on students' ability and interests.

To read more about a typical day at a blue{shift} camp, take a look at our blog post "What Happens at a blue{shift} Coding Camp?"

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