Short Description:

This junior coding club introduces children to basic coding concepts and helps them develop Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) skills while exploring their creativity. Students learn about coding, develop their logic reasoning and problem solving skills, and learn about filmmaking by creating amazing animations.

Club Curriculum:

This is a highly creative course that introduces children to fundamentals of visual programming and digital storytelling. Children get to create their own stories and take them from paper to screen.

Students are introduced to basic coding concepts including sequence, selection, and repetition. Using creative, project-based exercises, our experienced teachers give students a head start in the National Curriculum in Computing while assessing their progress throughout the club with various plenaries and assessments. 

Children learn how to code using one of the most popular children’s coding languages - Scratch. With its easy to understand block-based format, Scratch gives new coders the tools to rapidly create and experiment with code. Children learn how to create their own characters, build animated storylines and develop critical thinking skills by advancing their animation techniques. Students get to program their characters by controlling their speed, actions, and adding more of them into their coding projects.
 
Students learn how to make different kinds of animations: They make short clips using Scratch, learn how to add sounds to their projects, and are introduced to filmmaking using iStopMotion technology allowing them to turn their stories into films.  

This is a highly creative course that will encourage children to combine arts and coding.

Learning Outcomes:

By attending this club, students will become more confident users of technology. They develop touch-typing skills, gain confidence with their mouse clicks, and understand how computers work.

By making a variety of animations in Scratch, students gain an understanding of functions, coordinates, loops and variables. They explore their creativity by creating their stories and adding sounds to their creations. They start understanding how certain blocks of code bring different outcomes to their projects, and start learning about debugging and how to fix problems.

Students develop knowledge in the following topics:

  • Programming with Scratch
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Action sequence development
  • Engineering design principles
  • Creating sound compositions
  • Frame-based animations
  • Character animations
  • Video creation
  • Computer literacy: using the keyboard and mouse with ease
  • Algorithms: concepts and application
  • Beginner coding concepts: conditionals, debugging, sequences and loops
  • Programming characters to move and respond
  • Identifying and solving problems
  • Interactive animations

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 Scratch and Robotics, Animation and Coding, or Minecraft Modding holiday camps. New activities await all young coders at our holiday camps!

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