This club introduces young coders to the digital world. Through a range of fast-paced activities, both on and off screen, children get to grips with simple coding and robotics concepts, improve their critical thinking skills, and complete activities that develop their logical reasoning.
This is a coding club that helps children take their first steps into the coding and robotics world. Designed to keep the youngest coders engaged throughout the whole term, through a fast-paced series of activities students develop their critical thinking skills and flex their creative muscles. Little coders practice logical reasoning and coding concepts such as sequences, loops and conditions, and learn how computers and robots work.
The club aims to introduce new coders to basic ICT skills and build a foundation for understanding coding concepts. Basic ICT skills and introductory computing concepts are an important first step for children to be able to grasp the concepts which will be taught in school with the new National Computing Curriculum.
Throughout the term, students are taught about coding by using Scratch Jr, an introductory programming language that enables young children to create their own stories and games. This is a first step towards learning basic coding concepts that allow children to understand how code makes programs perform different functions.
We also spend some time using Lightbot Jr, a puzzle game based on coding which secretly teaches children programming logic as they play!
We also give our coders a taster in robotics and electronics concepts through the exploration of fun robotics platforms! Children gain an understanding in how electronics work and how coding and robotics can be connected.
By attending this club, students become comfortable using technology, develop computer literacy skills, and are more confident in solving logical problems. The activities that we do develop not only coding, but also Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) skills. Children also get to explore their creativity by designing their own animations and creating games.
Students develop knowledge in the following topics:
- Letter recognition on the keyboard
- Logic games
- How do computers work?
- How do robots work and what can we use them for?
- Computational thinking
- Introduction to Scratch Jr
- Introduction to electricity and circuits
- Sequencing; Overloading; Procedures; Recursive Loops; Conditionals
Continue your child’s development:
As with learning any language, coding requires a lot of time and repetition. We always prepare new content and recommend joining the club next term.
You can also develop your child’s skills even further at one of our Mini Coders holiday camps. We will build exciting robots, solve logical problems with Cubetto, and make more exciting games with code during the week of fun learning!