Minis: Ages 5-6

Summer of STEM

Created specifically for young children and jam-packed full of engaging challenges, games and projects both on and offline, this hands-on camp introduces students to the world of technology, coding and robotics!
Age 5-6
Difficulty Level
Suitable for beginners
Date & Times
Price £455.00
Location Jane Cameron Building (JCB), Notting Hill Prep School, 95 Lancaster Road, W11 1QQ
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You can drop your child off anytime between 9am and 10am (does not apply w/c 12th July due to COVID-19 measures).

You can secure your space at camp with a £50 deposit and pay the full amount at a later date

In this camp, young children are introduced to coding and technology through short accessible activities that require no previous experience. Students will have fun making their very own robots using basic robotics, and develop basic coding skills using Scratch Jr, an introductory programming language designed specifically for young children. Space cadets week takes young astronauts on a journey through the galaxy as they complete their mission to the moon through a series of tasks and challenges. Ocean adventure is a week full of mermaids, pirates, sharks and dolphins as our explorers work together to find the hidden treasure chest through sea-themed robot races and digital creations. Time travellers week takes globetrotters on an adventure back AND forward in time to visit exciting events whilst learning basic coding skills in time to travel back to the 21st century!

Learning outcomes

Throughout their week at camp students will:

  • Learn problem-solving skills
  • Cover the fundamentals of coding (loops and logical reasoning)
  • Gain an understanding of basic robotics using LEGO WeDo, Dashbot, Ozobot and Robo Wunderkind to build and race robots!
  • Get creative with Scratch Jr, an introductory programming language that enables young children to create their own stories, animations and games
  • Come away from the with basic ICT skills and introductory computing concepts that are an important first step for children

The course is punctuated with regular offline and off-screen outdoor breaks to ensure that young learners are able to focus and engage throughout the day and keep active.

Information for parents

We ask that you do not sign up children younger than 5 up to our Minis course as we are not Ofsted Licensed for under 5 year olds.

Camp structure

This is a sample schedule for a typical day at camp. In between each lesson there will be a 15-minute snack break, or a 1-hour lunch and play break.
10.00 - 11.00
Lesson 1
First off we'll get to know our teacher and classmates through some great mini games. Once we're all friends, we'll be introduced to our activity for the day. Let's jump in to coding!
11.15 - 12.30
Lesson 2
Now that we've had a healthy snack, we're ready to get right back into our activity. We'll carry on flexing our creative muscles by designing, coding and building our project.
12.30 - 13.30
Lunchtime
After half an hour for lunch it's time for some offline, outdoor time. Students take part in activities ranging from inflatable obstacle course races to football tournaments, scavenger hunts to water games (fingers crossed for some sunny weather!).
13.30 - 14.45
Lesson 3
Let's refocus after lunch and playtime by diving into building our robots!
15.00 - 16.00
Lesson 4
It's time to finish off our project for the day and show it off to the rest of the class. Time has flown by - let's tidy up our work stations, pack up our things and get ready to go home!
I liked making my robot dance!

Student, aged 5

  • How does it work?

    • We have an average teacher:student ratio of 1:6 - this means that all students receive dedicated support, and top-quality, hands-on teaching
    • Real-time communication with parents through our online platform means you can stay updated with what your child is up to
    • Reports from teachers detail what your child has learnt, their strengths, and how they can improve
  • What to bring?

    • A nut-free packed lunch and reusable water bottle
    • A face mask to be worn when entering the building and in corridors
    • Weather-appropriate clothing, so your child can enjoy outdoor play
    • A readiness to have fun!
  • 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

Illness policy

Campers should not be brought to camp if they are displaying signs of illness. In the case of a camper who has become ill during camp hours, parents will be notified immediately to pick their child up. If a child misses a day or multiple days of camp because of an illness, credit towards another camp can be arranged for when they're feeling better.

Refund policy

You can cancel your camp booking up to 14 days prior to the start date. If you want to cancel your camp booking less than 14 days before, you can receive 50% refund or full credit towards future courses when cancelling between 13-7 days before, or full credit when cancelling less than 7 days before. If we are unable to run our camps, you will receive credit or a full refund.

FAQs:

  • What are you doing at camps with respect to COVID-19?
  • What does my child need to bring to camp?
  • Does my child need to bring a device?
  • Can I use childcare vouchers to book this course?
  • Can I switch camp dates incase holiday plans change?
  • "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"

    Isabel, parent

  • "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