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

Mon-Fri, 9.30am-6pm

Mini Coders

Notting Hill
Start your child’s coding adventure with basic computing, coding, and robotics!
Price: £425
Ages: 5 to 6
Location: College Park School, Garway Road W2
Dates: 23 July to 17 August
Option
Included in this course
  • Teacher:student ratio of 1:6 
  • Real time communication with parents using ClassDojo
  • Assessment and individual teacher reports
  • All equipment provided
  • Introducing programming with Scratch Jr
  • Robot building with Lego WeDo
  • For beginner coders
  • Outdoor play every day
  • Snacks and water provided
  • STEM activities and off-screen projects every day
  • Air-conditioned classrooms (Notting Hill camps)

Detailed Description

In this course, children explore computational thinking, program Lego robots, and make games. Our Mini Coders start their journey by becoming familiar with iPads before introducing them to coding logic and reasoning. We introduce Mini Coders to the basic idea of robotics, circuits and motors with LEGO WeDo. They will get to create their very own (incredibly cool) robots!

Your child will also develop their programming skills using Scratch Jr, an introductory programming language that enables young children to create their own stories, animations and games.

Basic ICT skills and introductory computing concepts are an important first step for children when grasping the standards set by 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!

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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