Scratch for Beginners: Mini Games

Scratch for Beginners: Mini Games

Join us in our virtual learning environment as we explore the exciting world of game design. This daily hour-long class will introduce students to the exciting world of game making.
  • Age
    6 to 8
  • Level
    Suitable for beginner students who have some Scratch experience.
  • Date
    27th July - 31st July, 24th August - 28th August;
    11:30 - 12:45; 16:30 - 17:45 (British Summer Time)
  • Price
    £100.00
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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 daily 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

    Before each session, we will provide instructions on setting up our video conference software.

  • 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 week 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 love mobile games like Angry Bird, Temple Run, or Candy Crush? Do they want to learn how to design, create, and play their own unique versions of these mini games?  

Designed from the ground-up for young children, our Scratch for Beginners: Mini Games course is the ideal step-up for students who have coded with Scratch before. Offering a unique blend of customisation and experimentation, the engaging lessons and hands-on projects serve to keep students focused and having fun! 

Throughout the course one of our experienced teachers leads the class through a series of tutorials before challenging students to create their own series of games from start to finish. Each student will write their own unique code to create games that they can play with friends and family, with each game having a wide array of customisation options and opportunities for each student to make it their own. 

During the course we will use our award winning curriculum to cover a number of foundational topics, as well as looking at coding best practices and positive computing habits such as touch typing. Using a structured learning environment, our Mini Games course gives kids a lot of freedom to create whatever kind of games they want too... They will come away with a whole new library of games that they can play with you and the rest of the family!

This course aims to cover beginner coding concepts and logic, and serves as a great introduction to game design and how coding is used within games. Despite this, students with absolutely no coding experience may find our Scratch for Beginners: Introduction to be a better foundational coding course. Students who have completed our Scratch for Beginners: Multi-Player Games course will also be well suited to participating in our Mini Games course - whilst both are based around game design, each course covers a number of different concepts and projects!

We ask that - for at least the first session - an adult is available to help your child with their coding for the entirety of the lesson. In the following lessons an adult should be available at the start to help with any troubleshooting. You are also welcome to accompany your child for the remaining lessons too - we love parents and children learning together!

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 are the perfect opportunity to engage kids and grow their coding confidence. And 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 Lateness Policy

Typical Class Structure

10:00-10:15Set Up
Students will set up their coding environments, share any work from the previous day or projects they have done independently

10:15-11:00Coding
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.

11:00-11:15Wrap 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?
  • “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