Mini Coders

Mini Coders

The perfect introduction to the world of technology, specifically created for young children.
  • Age
    5 to 6
  • Level
    Suitable for all children. Specifically formulated for our youngest students.
  • Date
    30 March to 3 April, 6 to 9 April, 14 to 17 April;
    Every day from 10AM to 4PM (early drop-off from 9AM; late pick-up until 5PM)
  • Price
    £455.00
  • Location
    Colville Primary School, W11 2DF | Notting Hill Prep, W11 1QQ
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Important Information

  • 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.

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

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

Designed for our youngest students, our Mini Coders course takes a novel approach to teaching code to small children. With short accessible activities that require no previous technological experience, this course is punctuated with regular breaks to ensure that children are able to focus on the key takeaway components of coding. Furthermore with project based learning, children are encouraged to make and create with inventive craft and engineering tasks. 

Our Mini Coders start their journey by becoming familiar with coding logic and reasoning using tablets or iPads. Having explored code on the iPads they will then get the chance to create their very own incredibly cool robots! We will introduce them to key aspects of basic robotics, from circuits and motors with different kits to programming and sensors.

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!

Single day bookings are available - each day is self contained, and so whilst we recommend students attend as many days of a course as possible students will not be at a disadvantage if they do not attend every day 🏆

Please note: this course is available at both of our locations so please make sure you know which venue you have booked. We will be at NHP on Lancaster Road for the first week (30 Mar to 03 Apr) of Easter camps. During our second and third week of Easter (6-9 Apr & 14-17 Apr) we will be returning to Colville Primary on Lonsdale Road where we will be running four day camps; this is due to Easter bank holiday weekend. 

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
9.00 - 10.00Early 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 - 13.30LUNCH
13.00 - 14.45

Back to class – let’s build robots!

14.45 - 15.00BREAK
15.00 - 16.00

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

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VIDEO | Holiday Camps

We think that our camps are super fun. But you shouldn't just take our word for it. We recently spoke to some of the blue{shift} teachers and students to find out more; watch our video to get a better idea of what makes a blue{shift} camp such a great adventure! 

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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