Innovators: Ages 10-14

Python: Code Breaking (2 hours)

Does your child think they could be the next James Bond? In this course, the mission is to use code to send and decipher secret messages!
Age 10-14
Difficulty Level
Suitable for those with Python experience
Date & Times (duration 2 hours 15 mins)
Price £140.00 (25% off the second course when booking 2 or more)
£140.00
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We make the study of Python fun and relevant for young programmers by having them test their cyber-spy skills; using code they will send and decipher their own secret messages! Using code breaking, we introduce students to this popular language in an exciting manner - over the course of the week, we’ll learn how the Python programming environment works and how to use it to send and receive secret messages using encryption and decryption methods.

Learning outcomes

This course aims to build students’ advanced computer skills whilst developing a variety of transferable skills such as creative problem solving and logic-based thinking. Covering some of the most advanced coding concepts across all of our online courses, students will leave the course with key programming knowledge that they can use to progress onto further study or computing qualifications.

Information for parents

Due to the advanced level of this course, previous Python experience is required. We recommend this course as a follow on from any of our Adventurer courses, or as a continuation of Python lessons in school. You will receive an email with set-up instructions before the course begins - they are super easy to follow, so please make sure your child is set-up for the course!

Class structure

This is a sample schedule to show how our virtual lessons are structured.

10.00 - 10.15
Set-up
Students will set up their coding environments, share any work from the previous day or projects they have done independently.
10.15 - 11.00
Coding
45 minutes of focused coding, led by our fantastic teachers. Students will face new challenges, solidify their knowledge of coding concepts and flex their creativity!
11.00 - 11.15
Wrap-up
Students will complete quizzes and challenges to test their knowledge and share their work.
My favourite part was making different cyphers and decoding them - it was so fun!

Student, aged 13

  • 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
    • Our courses and virtual classroom have been extensively user-tested and refine to ensure they offer the best possible learning experience
    • Reports from teachers detail what your child has learnt, their strengths, and how they can improve
  • Each student will need...

    • A laptop or computer with a high-speed internet connection
    • A headset/earphones
    • A webcam and microphone
    • An adult to help set up - before each session we will email instructions on how to set up out video conferencing software
  • Our tutors

    • 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)

Policies

Lateness policy

Customer feedback has told us that students joining late can be disruptive for other learners. Therefore, we have imposed a cut-off time for joining lessons. If a student is more than 15 minutes late to a lesson, they will not be admitted. Late students will be able to catch up using recordings of the lesson and additional learning resources.

Recordings of lessons

All online lessons will be recorded, and recordings will be uploaded to the class padlet as a resource for students who have missed a lesson, or who want to watch again. Recordings will only be available to students in the class, the class teacher and the BlueShift team. Recordings will be deleted seven days after the course ends.

FAQs:

  • Can I book individual days?
  • Can I use an iPad/tablet or a Chromebook instead of laptop/PC?
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  • "Thank you BlueShift for doing such a great job. My son is so excited about coding and learning made fun."

    Natalia, parent

  • "These courses are an amazing way to get kids interested in coding and robotics. Fun and educational"

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  • "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!"

    Marcos, parent

  • "The teachers have been excellent, full of enthusiasm and patience making the whole experience really fun"

    Angela, parent