COMBO CLASS: Intermediate Scratch: Interactive Comics (2 Hour Lessons)

COMBO CLASS: Intermediate Scratch: Interactive Comics (2 Hour Lessons)

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  • Age
    8 to 11
  • Level
    Suitable for all students aged 8 and above who are familiar with Scratch
  • Price
    £150.00
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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

Channel your childs creativity in this exciting 2 hour combination class in which they'll create two exciting comics - one based on Superheroes and the other Witches and Wizards, through creative coding!

In this combination course, we use the power of individual creativity to introduce students to even more Scratch-based programming concepts. We harness creativity and freedom of expression to build students coding confidence, all whilst they design awesome creations!

If you'd like to read more about each course, you can click here for Superheroes, and here for Witches and Wizards.

Across the week students will learn how to pair keyboard controls with movement commands, build more complex character 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 comics to make them as unique and individual as possible. Finally, we regularly review each child's progress with playful competitions and exciting challenges throughout the course - not only does this ensure progress, it's also a lot of fun 🏆

At the end of the week, students will have applied all of the new concepts they have learned to code their own dynamic and action-packed comic strips; which can be shared with you, your friends, and your family!

Using video conferencing software, our virtual classroom provides students with an innovative approach to coding that balances learning computational skills with nurturing students’ curiosity and sense of discovery. With a maximum teacher:student ratio of 1:6, each of our online courses is the perfect opportunity to engage kids and grow their coding confidence!

Your child will learn:

  • Develop their own unique code from the ground up.
  • Create unique interactive comic books that can be shared with friends and family.
  • Discover intermediate computational concepts such as functions, data structures, and parameters.
  • Be well positioned to progress on to text-based programming and more advanced coding languages.
  • Improve their logical reasoning and problem solving skills.

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

10:15-12:00Coding
1hr 45 minutes of focused coding, split between making their Flappy Bird and Asteroids games. 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.

12:00-12:15Wrap 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 laptop/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