Mini Coders (Workshop)

Mini Coders (Workshop)

The perfect introduction to the world of technology, specifically created for young children.
  • Age
    5 to 6
  • Level
    Specifically formulated for our youngest students, accommodating of all levels.
  • Date
    2nd and 3rd January
    From 10AM to 4PM (early drop-off from 9AM; late pick-up until 5PM)
  • Price
    £100.00
  • Location
    Notting Hill Prep School, Lancaster Road, W11 1QQ
    
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Each day will be different, but both will cover a creative coding aspect in the morning and a robotics project in the afternoon!

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.

Practice makes perfect

It's common for our students to repeat courses more than once, and we will recommend repeating a course if we feel it is beneficial for the student's progress.

Regardless of the course, the camp, or how many times a student takes it, we create new content each and every time - keeping it fresh for all campers.

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 for both the camp (16th to 20th Dec) and the workshops (2nd and 3rd Jan) - 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. At our five-day coding camp children will begin with the basics, before applying their own creativity to a number of projects throughout the week that cements this knowledge. At our two-day workshops each student will be introduced to a coding concept in the morning, before moving onto robotics in the afternoon. 




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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  • “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