Animation and Coding

Animation and Coding

A highly creative course that introduces students to the fundamentals of visual programming and digital storytelling.
  • Age
    6 to 9
  • Level
    Suitable for beginners and experienced coders alike.
  • Date
    10th to 14th August
    Every day from 10AM to 4PM (early drop-off from 9AM; late pick-up until 5PM)
  • Price
    £355.00
  • Location
    Notting Hill Prep School, Lancaster Road, W11 1QQ
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Important Information

  • Teacher:student ratio of 1:6, ensuring top quality hands-on teaching.

    All equipment provided (but feel free to bring your laptop to research ideas!)

    Real time communication with parents using our online platform, featuring photos and updates.

  • Extremely creative course with each camper creating a number of animations across the week!

    A great intro for both beginner coders and more experienced students.

    Assessment and individual teacher reports for every student to ensure their success.

  • A focus on healthy learning - outdoor play every day, healthy snacks and drinks provided.

    All staff are fully DBS checked & trained in both traditional and innovative teaching methods.

    Curriculum curated in conjunction with UCL.

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.

Detailed information

Animation and Coding is a highly creative course that introduces students to the fundamentals of visual programming and digital storytelling. 

Each day of this camp will focus on developing students understanding of the animation process, from start to finish. They will explore a variety of different filming techniques, such as claymation and green screen. Children will learn how to storyboard, create their own characters and build animated storylines through the medium of each of these animation styles. Then, with a little help from Scratch coding, we bring their ideas to life!

Students will be given creative freedom and our fully trained teacher will help them to grow their ideas into fully formed animations - indeed, many of our animation teachers are professional digital artists outside of the classroom! Across the course children will create their own captions, incorporate sound, sculpt models and record their films. Throughout all of this they will be developing their critical thinking skills, and in turn advancing their animation techniques. At the end of each day, your child will have a fun and original recording to present in class and share with friends and family.

The age range for this course is one of our widest because the course is easily accessible and adaptable for any child between the ages of 6 and 9. Older or more experienced children are able to bring more complex ideas to life alongside younger children who are just starting to flex their creative muscles.

This will be most interesting to children who love to create and seem to have an endless imagination - coding experience is less important here, we just want children to have a go!

Booking less than five days? Please inform us which days your child will be attending in the booking notes. 

Your child will learn:

  • Creating 2D animations
  • Green screen animations
  • Video creation with sound, captions, and cuts
  • Programming with Scratch
  • Storyboard and idea development for frame-based animations
  • Action sequence development and engineering principles
9.00 - 10.00Early arrival games, crafts and building projects
10.00 - 11.00

Introduction to animation technique. Let’s get storyboarding!

11.00 - 11.15 BREAK
11.15 - 12.30

Back to coding, designing and creating characters and props. Begin to animate!

12.30 - 13.30LUNCH
13.00 - 14.45

Back to class – let’s finish filming our animations. Now to add voicing, sounds and credits!

14.45 - 15.00BREAK
15.00 - 16.00

Finish off our videos - it is time to present them to the class!

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  • “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