Mini Coders

Mini Coders

The perfect introduction to the world of technology for young children.
  • Age
    5 to 6
  • Level
    Suitable for beginners
  • Date
    21 to 25 October
    Every day from 10AM to 4PM (early drop-off from 9AM; late pick-up until 5PM)
  • Price
    £435.00
  • Location
    Colville School, Lonsdale Road, W11 2DF
    
    
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Single days are available to book for this course. Please email hello@blueshiftcoding.com for more information.

What’s included in the course

  • Teacher:student ratio of 1:6, ensuring top quality hands-on teaching and dedicated support for students.

    Real time communication with parents using our online platform.

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

  • A wide ranging course that explores something new every day, including robotics & Scratch Jr!

    A great intro for younger students, developing key skills in computing & tech.

    Assessment and personalised teacher reports to ensure progress.

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

    Curriculum curated in conjunction with UCL.

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

Keeping it fresh

Regardless of the course or how many times a student takes it, we do not repeat previous projects.

Students are always challenged and, when they are ready, they work on a fresh new projects.

Detailed information

In this course, children will explore computational thinking, programming, robotics and game making as they learn key foundational technology skills.

Our Mini Coders start their journey by becoming familiar with coding logic and reasoning using tablets or iPads. We will introduce Mini Coders to basic robotics, circuits and motors with different robotics kits. 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!


Your child will learn:

  • Introduction to coding with Scratch Jr
  • Problem-solving skills
  • How to think like a programmer
  • Fundamentals of coding, loops and logical reasoning
  • Robot building with Lego WeDo, Dashbots or Ozobots
  • How circuits and electricity work
  • How to program interactive stories or animations
  • Build apps and games

Camp Overview

9.00 - 10.00 Early arrival games, crafts and building projects
10.00 - 11.00

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

11.00 - 11.15  BREAK
11.15 - 12.30

Back to coding, building, designing and creating.

12.30 - 13.30 LUNCH
13.00 - 14.45

Back to class – let’s build robots!

14.45 - 15.00 BREAK
15.00 - 16.00

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

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Stay Connected

Every Friday we host a short parent-teacher meeting. We also use an online platform to provide live updates and allow you to connect with the class throughout the week. 

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FAQs:

  • Can I book individual days at a camp?
  • Which Creative Coding level should I sign my child up for?
  • My child doesn't have a laptop - will an iPad or tablet suffice instead?
  • Is there any specific software I should install in advance?
  • “The things I liked most about camp were proper teaching, creative approach and the fact that my daughter really learnt something while having fun”

    Rebecca

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