Create a ghoulish game with characters, sound effects and frights!

Halloween half-term holiday 8-12yrs Intermediate Games Design computer code club course

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Scratch code cat This fun short half term holiday course for 8-12 year olds involves creating halloween characters such as ghosts and pumpkins, recording sound effects and creating a fiendish game to chill you to the bone! (And without the children knowing it they'll be learning programming, improving their maths skills and meeting national computing curriculum targets!) Dare you book a place for your child?

Activity options & fees

8-12yrs Intermediate Games Design computer code club course
At our training studio in Bromley Common BR2 8LU. Maximum 12 students
This activity has not yet been scheduled.

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Activity content

This fun activity involves creating games using applications such as 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.

Scratch code blocksGames coding
Coding is at the heart of our Games Design courses. We use Scratch Desktop to build powerful interactive games, thereby giving our students a visual foothold in the concepts of coding. Scratch is powerful and scalable, allowing both simple coding exercises and the development of complex games. We teach all the components of object-orientated programming, the current industry standard approach. Students learn concepts and skills such as file management, animation, character and object control, and coding concepts such as event handlers, control statements, variables loops, properties and functions. These concepts and skills are industry standard and part of the Computing core curriculum in UK schools.

Pixelmator image editingImage design
Games design 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.

Garageband music productionMusic 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. 

Tailored content
Teaching content is tailored to challenge and improve each learner's existing skills and knowledge. Learners are continually assessed to establish the level they are working at and to stretch them.

Create then play
Our clubs are not simply an opportunity to play games, students must create their own and in only two of the ten sessions are they permitted to play games others have created.

Gov.UK logoOur activities cover attainment targets from the National Computing Curriculum.

CertificateCertificates
Our activities are accredited with Pixel Gang Certificates. To earn a certificate learners must complete certificate tasks.

Age range & SEN

This course is suitable for any 8-12 year old child who has some experience of Scratch or has a keen interest in learning coding. Is your child ready?

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