Friday after school Years 3/4/5/6 Wickham Common primary school Scratch games coding club
Activity options & fees - Autumn term 2021
At Wickham Common primary school
Ten weekly (term time) 1 hour sessions, join anytime
£88 for 10 sessions (or £8.80 per session for all remaining sessions if joining after term start)
3.20pm - 4.20pm, 10th September - 26th November
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This fun activity involves creating games using Scratch, Pixelmator and Garageband. Students are taught to build a complete game using creative coding techniques, and are then encouraged to put into practice what they have learnt to add their own ideas or create their own game.
Every term is different
Each term we explore different techniques and skills to excite and motivate our students. Your child will be engaged, educated and entertained.
Scratch games programming is at the heart of our Games Design code clubs. We use Scratch to build powerful interactive games, thereby giving our students a visual foothold in the concepts of coding. We teach all the components of object-orientated programming, the current industry standard approach. Scratch is powerful and scalable, allowing both simple coding exercises and the development of complex games.
Games coding is not just about coding. Our students also learn how to create, edit and download images to add to their games, and the various types and uses of image file formats. We use Pixelmator for Mac which emulates many of the features of Photoshop, another industry standard.
Music production and sound FX
Games come to life when music and FX are added. We have an extensive library of FX and our students can produce their own music by layering instrument performances in Garageband.
Club content is tailored to challenge each student. They are continually assessed to establish the level they are working at and to stretch them.
Learn together and then create your own games
The class learns by being taught how to build complete games, each one using a specific technique, and then each student is encouraged to put into practice what they have learnt, either by modifying the game, or by creating their own game.
Create then play
Our clubs are not simply an opportunity to play games, students must create their own and in only some of the sessions are they permitted to play games others have created.
What is taught?
Students learn concepts and skills in games coding including file management, animation, character and object control, and coding concepts such as event handlers, control statements, variables loops, properties and functions. These are industry standard concepts and skills and are transferrable to future learning and the workplace.
Age range & SEN
This activity is suitable for any year 3, 4, 5 or 6 child who has some experience of Scratch or has a keen interest in learning coding. Is your child ready?