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 aged 5-6, regardless of experience. Specifically formulated for our youngest students.
  • Date
    19 to 23 October, 26 to 30 October
    From 10AM to 4PM. Please note you will be given a specific drop off time slot closer to the start of camp, between the times of 9:30-10AM in order to ensure social distancing. Our late pick-up service is currently unavailable due to COVID-19 safety measures.
  • Price
    £525.00 £455.00
  • Location
    Jane Cameron Building (JCB), Notting Hill Prep School, 95 Lancaster Road, W11 1QQ
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Due to restricted space, camp spaces are reserved for full-week students. If you would like to attend partial days, please book a full week to confirm your space or join our waiting list (http://bit.ly/blueshiftoct) for any remaining spaces once bookings close.

Important Information

  • Teacher:student ratio of 1:6, ensuring wrap-around care within a classroom bubble and top quality hands-on teaching with dedicated support for students.

    Real time communication with parents using our online platform, including photos and reports.

    All equipment is provided (but feel free to bring your own 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 at lunchtime, healthy snacks and drinks provided - please bring own lunch.

    Curriculum curated in conjunction with UCL.

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

    Read more about our COVID-19 policies here.
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!

Due to COVID-19 we have limited space available on all courses, therefore spaces are reserved for full week students. If you wish to attend only part of the week, please either book a full week to confirm your space or sign up to our waiting list to be informed of any last minute availability.

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

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FAQs:

  • What are you doing at camps with respect to COVID-19?
  • Does my child need to bring a device?
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  • Can I use childcare vouchers to book this course?
  • “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