Explorers: Ages 6-8
Explorers: Ages 6-8
|Dates & Times||19th - 23rd October / 10:00 - 11:15 (duration 1 hour 15 mins)|
|26th - 30th October / 15:00 - 16:15 (duration 1hour 15 mins)|
|Price||£100.00 (25% off the second course when booking 2 or more)|
Our Scratch: Introduction course is the ideal way to equip your child with brand new coding and computer skills, and develop positive computing habits. Using our award-winning curriculum, focusing on creativity and practical coding applications, we will lead the class through a series of tutorials looking at key parts of block-based coding to create animations, games, and more. Children will come away having learnt something new, having created something unique, and having had fun!
This course helps beginners develop the key coding skills needed to progress to more advanced Scratch coding projects. Students learn the fundamentals of block-based game-making and animation techniques, like creating movement, tracking scores, collision detection, and more. The course covers a number of more advanced computational concepts like functions, data structures and parameters, allowing students to gain important logical reasoning and problem-solving skills as well.
Information for parents
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!
This is a sample schedule to show how our virtual lessons are structured.
Students will set up their coding environments, share any work from the previous day or projects they have done independently.
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!
Students will complete quizzes and challenges to test their knowledge and share their work.
My favourite part was designing my own sprite!
Student, aged 6
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
- 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)
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.
Can I book individual days?
We do not allow individual day bookings for our online courses. As each course consists of five hour long lessons which work toward a finished project, we believe that individual day bookings would both be disruptive to the rest of the class and difficult for the new student to join in with. We want all children to leave our online courses feeling like they have accomplished a goal - joining for a day or two might leave your child unsatisfied!
If you are not available for one of the five sessions, you can still book a course. When you sign up to a class, you will receive a link to a Padlet which will have the solution code available for each lesson. Therefore if your child has to miss a lesson, they can log-in outside of the classroom and catch up!
You can also book our 1:1 online tuition which offers more flexibility.
Can I use an iPad/tablet or a Chromebook instead of laptop/PC?
Unfortunately, you are unable to use an iPad or a tablet to join this online classes.
Chromebooks are fine for this course!
Is adult presence required?
For children that are 6-7 years old, we ask that a parent or adult is able to stay for the full session. Younger students might require more assistance and we will need to assess they ability during the session. The parent might only need to be there for the first 15 minutes, but they should stay nearby.
Can I make the session more private?
Yes, Zoom has a feature in which you can choose to set a virtual background that will increase the privacy of your video feed. Just click on the little arrow next to ‘stop video’ and select ‘Choose Virtual Background’ then choose a picture. This then works like a green screen so others in the call cannot see in to your house.
"Thank you BlueShift for doing such a great job. My son is so excited about coding and learning made fun."
"These courses are an amazing way to get kids interested in coding and robotics. Fun and educational"
"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!"
"The teachers have been excellent, full of enthusiasm and patience making the whole experience really fun"