Intermediate Scratch: Game Making - Olympic Games

Intermediate Scratch: Game Making - Olympic Games

Kids design and build their own version of the Olympics, with engaging lessons & exciting challenges teaching key game design concepts.
  • Age
    8 to 11
  • Level
    Suitable for all students aged 8 and above who are familiar with Scratch
  • Date
    17th August - 21st August
    10:00 - 11:15 (British Summer Time)
  • Price
    £100.00
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Important Information

  • How does it work?

    Our virtual classroom teaches your child programming skills in your home.

    1:6 teacher:student ratio with an experienced blue{shift} teacher leading the class.

    With five daily lessons our virtual classroom is a great form of social learning - kids explore code together!

  • Each student will need:

    • A laptop or computer with a high-speed internet connection
    • A headset/earphones
    • A webcam and a microphone
    • An adult to help set-up

    Before each session, we will provide instructions on setting up our video conference software.

  • What's unique about our courses?

    With a research based curriculum all of our lessons are informed by an innovative pedagogy.

    Each course has been extensively user-tested and refined.

    Every parent & student receives a personalised end of week report.

Teachers at blue{shift}

All of our teaching staff undergo a rigorous application and on-boarding process. Each teacher is then vetted by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

We provide training and support for all our teachers, and many of our teaching staff have taught at some of London's most prestigious schools. To read more, click here.

Course information

Join us in our virtual learning environment as we use the Scratch coding language to explore the exciting world of game design. In daily hour-long lessons each student will learn key game making concepts and create their own unique series of Olympic Games themed games! 🏅

Students will be guided through a series of challenges and tutorials to create their own impressive game from start to finish. In this course, students will create their own version of Olympic Games! We’ll learn about core computing concepts like keyboard control, events, loops, and lists, and apply them to creating an awesome game project.

In this course, students will use Scratch, a language invented by MIT to teach kids how to code. Intended as a step up for children who have some Scratch coding experience, students will use this block-based language to develop important coding skills that will open up a whole new side of programming. From here they will express their creativity by working on challenging Olympic's themed projects, and we even regularly review each student with exciting challenges and playful competitions!

Across the week students will learn how to pair keyboard controls with movement commands, build more complex game interactions using functions and incorporate data structures into their designs. On top of this, each student will work with the teacher to focus on customising their game to make it unique; all of the projects can be shared with friends and family so that you can show off your child's awesome new skills 🏆

This course aims to cover tougher coding concepts and logic than our Scratch for Beginner courses, and as such students who haven't coded before should start with these beginner courses first. Students who complete our Intermediate Scratch: Game Making courses are often well placed to move from block-based coding to text-based coding. Don't worry if this is a little confusing right now - each class teacher will recommend further study based on your childs progress in their personalised course completion report!

Our virtual classroom provides students with an innovative approach to coding that balances learning computational skills with nurturing students’ curiosity and sense of discovery in a small online setting! Setting this software up is easy and we will provide you with comprehensive set-up instructions before your lessons begin 💻

Your child will learn:

  • About the fundamental building blocks of game engines; they will be able to create keyboard controls, movement, and more!
  • How to design systems able to detect collisions and track scores and other data.
  • A number of advanced computational concepts and thinking such as functions, data structures, and parameters.
  • Key skills needed for progression to text-based programming.
  • Important logical reasoning and problem solving skills.
  • How to independently code and create their own advanced projects and games.

Class Structure and Lateness Policy

Typical Class Structure

10:00-10:15Set Up
Students will set up their coding environments, share any work from the previous day or projects they have done independently

10:15-11:00Coding
45 minutes of focused coding, led by our fantastic teachers. Students will face new challenges, solidify their knowledge of coding concepts and flex their creativity!

Please note, any students arriving 10 minutes into this section of the lesson will not be admitted into the class. Please read our lateness policy for more details.

11:00-11:15Wrap Up
Students will complete quizzes & challenges to test their knowledge and share their work. 


Lateness Policy

Customer feedback has focused on how students joining late can be majorly disruptive. 

Therefore we have imposed a cut-off time for joining lessons. If you are 15 minutes late to a lesson you will not be admitted into the class. We will ensure late students can catch up by using the recordings of the lesson and additional class resources!

Recordings of Lessons

Lessons will be recorded and uploaded onto the class padlet as a resource for students who have missed a lesson or arrived late.

Recordings of classes will only be available to class students, the class teacher, and the blue{shift} team. Recordings will be deleted 7 days after a course ends.

FAQs:

  • Can I book individual days?
  • Can I use an iPad, tablet, or a Chromebook instead of a laptop or PC?
  • Is adult presence required?
  • My child is a beginner, is this course still suitable?
  • “My daughter had a great time. Her teacher challenged and inspired her interest in coding and helped her produce lots of cool programmes each day.”

    Sharon