Minis: Ages 5-6
Minis: Ages 5-6
Coding and Robotics
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|Location||Jane Cameron Building (JCB), Notting Hill Prep School, 95 Lancaster Road, W11 1QQ|
In this camp, young children are introduced to coding and technology through short accessible activities that require no previous experience. Students will have fun making their very own robots using basic robotics, and develop basic coding skills using Scratch Jr, an introductory programming language designed specifically for young children. The course is punctuated with regular breaks to ensure that young learners are able to focus on the key takeaway components of coding.
Starting their coding journeys with iPads or tablets, students will learn problem-solving skills and the fundamentals of coding, loops and logical reasoning. This camp introduces children to key aspects of basic robotics through Lego WeDO, Dashbots or Ozobot; from circuits and motors with different kits, to programming and sensors. They 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 new National Computing Curriculum.
Information for parents
We ask that you do not sign up children younger than 5 up to our Mini Coders course as we are not Ofsted Licensed for under 5 year olds.
Please note that parents will not be allowed on site due to COVID-19 restrictions. However, our Mini Coders will be provided wrap-around care by a team of two lovely teachers.
First off we'll get to know our teacher and classmates through some great mini games. Once we're all friends, we'll be introduced to our activity for the day. Let's jump in to coding!
Now that we've had a healthy snack, we're ready to get right back into our activity. We'll carry on flexing our creative muscles by designing, coding and building our project.
Let's refocus after lunch and playtime by diving into building our robots!
It's time to finish off our project for the day and show it off to the rest of the class. Time has flown by - let's tidy up our work stations, pack up our things and get ready to go home!
I liked making my robot move!
Student, aged 5
How does it work?
- We have a maximum teacher:student ratio of 1:6 - this means that all students receive dedicated support, and top-quality, hands-on teaching
- Real-time communication with parents through our online platform means you can stay updated with what your child is up to
- Reports from teachers detail what your child has learnt, their strengths, and how they can improve
What to bring?
- A nut-free packed lunch and reusable water bottle
- A face mask to be worn when entering the building and in corridors
- Weather-appropriate clothing, so your child can enjoy outdoor play
- BlueShift teaching staff are coding professionals, who are passionate about passing their expertise onto children - many have previously taught at prestigious schools
- Teachers undergo a rigorous application and training process, ensuring we get the best of the best
- All teachers are vetted by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
Campers should not be brought to camp if they are displaying signs of illness. In the case of a camper who has become ill during camp hours, parents will be notified immediately to pick their child up. If a child misses a day or multiple days of camp because of an illness, credit towards another camp can be arranged for when they're feeling better.
You can cancel your camp booking up to 30 days prior to the start date. If you want to cancel your camp booking between 29-14 days prior to the start date, your refund will be processed as credit towards future camp bookings. If we are unable to run our camps, you will receive credit or a refund.
What are you doing at camps with respect to COVID-19?
At BlueShift, our top priority is always the safety and wellbeing of our students, parents and staff. That's why we have thought carefully about our upcoming camps and what we can do to ensure we keep our community safe. Please read our COVID-19 Camps Policy Overview FAQ for more information on how we are doing this.
Please be aware these policies will be shared with you in more detail closer to the beginning of camp.
What does my child need to bring to camp?
All we ask for them to bring is a packed lunch (not including nuts), a reusable water bottle and weather appropriate clothing for outside play.
With respect to COVID-19 we ask that parents provide their child with a mask to take with them for when they are entering and leaving camp. Masks are not required in classrooms.
Does my child need to bring a device?
Our Minis are not required to bring any devices. We will provide all of the resources needed for this camp.
Can I use childcare vouchers to book this course?
Yes! Read our childcare voucher FAQ article for more information on how to pay using childcare vouchers.
"Thank you BlueShift for doing such a great job. My son is so excited about coding and learning made fun."
"These courses are an amazing way to get kids interested in coding and robotics. Fun and educational"
"My son was very keen to advance in programming. Not only has this been achieved, but his self-esteem has been greatly raised through your work. Thank you!"
"The teachers have been excellent, full of enthusiasm and patience making the whole experience really fun"