Scratch for Beginners: Alien Adventure

Scratch for Beginners: Alien Adventure

Join us in our virtual learning environment as we explore the exciting world of Scratch. This weekly hour-long class will introduce students to Scratch through a journey with Zorg the alien.
  • Age
    6 to 8
  • Level
    Suitable for beginner students with some Scratch experience
  • Date
    w/c 21st September - w/c 12th October (4 weeks)
    Every Wednesday from 16.30 - 17.45 (British Summer Time)
  • Price
    £80.00
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Important Information

  • How does it work?

    Our virtual classroom teaches your child programming skills in your home.

    1:6 teacher:student ratio with an experienced blue{shift} teacher leading the class.

    With five weekly lessons our virtual classroom is a great form of social learning - kids explore code together!

  • Each student will need:

    • A laptop or computer with a high-speed internet connection
    • A headset/earphones
    • A webcam and a microphone
    • An adult to help set-up

    We will provide instructions on setting up our video conference software before the first lesson.

  • What's unique about our courses?

    With a research based curriculum all of our lessons are informed by an innovative pedagogy.

    Each course has been extensively user-tested and refined.

    Every parent & student receives a personalised end of club report.

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.

Course Information

Does your child want to explore code and alien planets at the same time? This course is ideal for any kids who love space, extraterrestrial life, or have an out of this world imagination!

Students need to help Zorg the alien return to his home planet! They'll guide his journey through space, adding their own spin to their code to update Zorg and his adventure to their liking.

Our Scratch for Beginners: Alien Adventures class is targeted at students who are relatively new to the Scratch language or coding, but who have some experience and are ready to dive into lots of fun hands-on tasks and challenges. Projects might include using code to repair a UFO, creating crop circles to communicate with your alien friends and dodging asteroids.

In this course, students will use Scratch, a language invented by MIT to teach kids how to code. They will use this block-based language to develop important coding skills as well as get to express creativity by working on a series of alien adventure themed projects. Guided through a series of challenges and tutorials, each student will create their own creations from start to finish!

This course aims to cover tougher coding concepts and logic than our Introduction to Scratch course but easier topics than our Intermediate Scratch courses. It encourages children to think through and solve challenges and students will leave the week with key programming knowledge, improved problem-solving skills, and a strong foundation that they can use to progress onto our more advanced Scratch levels!

Using video conferencing software, our virtual classroom provides students with an innovative approach to coding that balances learning computational skills with nurturing students’ curiosity and sense of discovery. 

With a maximum teacher:student ratio of 1:6, each of our online courses is the perfect opportunity to engage kids and grow their coding confidence! Once set-up within our virtual learning environment, every member of the class can share their screen and other materials with the teacher, creating a collaborative atmosphere and ensuring every student can receive immediate feedback on their work.

Your child will learn:

  • About the fundamental building blocks of game engines; they will be able to create gravity, movement, and more!
  • How to design systems able to detect collisions and track scores and other data.
  • A number of advanced computational concepts and thinking such as functions, data structures, and parameters.
  • Key skills needed for progression to text-based programming.
  • Important logical reasoning and problem solving skills.
  • How to independently code and create their own advanced projects and games.

Class Structure and Policies

Typical Class Structure

16:30-16:45Set Up
Students will set up their coding environments, share any work from the previous classor projects they have done independently

16:45-17:30Coding
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!

Please note, any students arriving 10 minutes into this section of the lesson will not be admitted into the class. Please read our lateness policy for more details.

17:30-17:45Wrap Up
Students will complete quizzes & challenges to test their knowledge and share their work. 


Lateness Policy

Customer feedback has focused on how students joining late can be majorly disruptive. 

Therefore we have imposed a cut-off time for joining lessons. If you are 15 minutes late to a lesson you will not be admitted into the class. We will ensure late students can catch up by using the recordings of the lesson and additional class resources!

Recordings of Lessons

Lessons will be recorded and uploaded onto the class padlet as a resource for students who have missed a lesson or arrived late.

Recordings of classes will only be available to class students, the class teacher, and the blue{shift} team. Recordings will be deleted 7 days after a course ends.

FAQs:

  • Can I book individual days?
  • Can I use an iPad/tablet or a Chromebook instead of laptop/PC?
  • Is adult presence required?
  • I don’t want the teacher and the other children in the class to see my house, can I make the session more private?