Use our video courses to learn to code and create games with Scratch at home

Scratch games coding 7-14 years video lesson courses

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Our online video courses are an ideal way for your child to experience our Scratch games programming lessons at home, if attending a course or club is inconvenient for you.
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Course content

Our video courses have been designed for parents who want to re-direct their child's natural enthusiasm for playing games into creating games and coding.

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They have been created specifically with children in mind and have been carefully scripted to be clear and unambiguous. Our instructor is a qualified and experienced teacher who speaks clearly and precisely, leading the learner through every detail of the activity. Each step is explained and demonstrated.

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As the lessons progress, your child will build familiarity with Scratch programming, follow game making exercises, build complete games and acquire the skills and knowledge required to build their own games. In so doing they will begin to understand the fundamental transferable concepts of coding, and improve their creative, math and computational thinking skills.

Course options

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Course title / links Level of challenge Age range (suggested)
Course 1 - Getting started Beginner 7-9
Course 2 - Deeper into Scratch Intermediate 9-12
Course 3 - Advanced Scratch Advanced 9-14
Course 4 - Action game coding essentials Beginner / Intermediate 8-12
Course 5 - Optical illusion & pattern effects Intermediate / Advanced 9-14
Course 6 - Advanced Scratch 2 - Coming July 2021 Advanced 9-14
Course 7 - Advanced Scratch 3 - Coming July 2021 Advanced 9-14


Course 1 - Getting started - video lessons course

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Beginner 7-9 years

Learn essential Scratch basics and code your first game. This course is suitable for students who have no experience of Scratch. All of the features of the Scratch 1.4 interface are explained and the pace of the learning accommodates younger students.



Required downloads
Scratch 1.4 .. or .. Scratch App/Desktop (version 3 or higher)

Video lessons ..

  1. For parents - help your child get started
  2. Your first Scratch lesson
  3. A good way to begin a game
  4. Control a sprite's movement
  5. Make a sprite move by itself
  6. Collisions
  7. Broadcasting between sprites
  8. The paint window
  9. More about the stage
  10. Show and hide
  11. Make your first finished game - Ping Pong

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Course 2 - Deeper into Scratch - video lessons course

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Intermediate 9-12 years

Code an action game with throwing/firing, interactive animation, chasing, rewards and health, and a unique and compelling tree growing game in which the player must grow branches to allow birds to alight.



Required downloads
Scratch App/Desktop (version 3 or higher)
Game templates ..
Girl vs witch v1.sb3
Grow a tree v1.sb3

Video lessons ..

  1. Introduction - Preparing for the course - Overview of the course aims and objectives and content. Download and install Scratch App/Desktop 3. Download the template games.
  2. Girl vs witch game - part 1
  3. Girl vs witch game - part 2
  4. Girl vs witch game - part 3
  5. Girl vs witch game - part 4
  6. Girl vs witch game - part 5
  7. Grow a tree game - part 1
  8. Grow a tree game - part 2
  9. Grow a tree game - part 3
  10. Grow a tree game - part 4

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Course 3 - Advanced Scratch - video lessons course

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Advanced 9-14 years

Code a chase / rescue game with water, accelerating speed boats, movement and sprite reaction sensing, and a bomb disposal game in which the player has 30 seconds to cut wires in the correct order to defuse a bomb.



Required downloads
Scratch App/Desktop (version 3 or higher)
Game templates ..
Duck Rescue v1.sb3
Bomb Disposal v1.sb3

Video lessons ..

  1. Introduction - Preparing for the course - Overview of the course aims and objectives and content. Download and install Scratch App/Desktop 3. Download the template games.
  2. Duck rescue game - part 1
  3. Duck rescue game - part 2
  4. Duck rescue game - part 3
  5. Duck rescue game - part 4
  6. Duck rescue game - part 5
  7. Bomb disposal game - part 1
  8. Bomb disposal game - part 2
  9. Bomb disposal game - part 3
  10. Bomb disposal game - part 4
  11. Bomb disposal game - part 5

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Course 4 - Action game coding essentials - video lessons course

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Beginner & Intermediate 8-12 years

Learn essential coding skills for making action games, such as moving, throwing, firing, health, lives, timers, using AI to make enemies chase and attack, rewards, and adding sound effects and music.



Required downloads
Scratch App/Desktop (version 3 or higher)

Video lessons ..

  1. Introduction - Preparing for the course - Overview of the course aims and objectives and content. Download and install Scratch App/Desktop 3. Download the template games.
  2. Coding a template game file with backdrops
  3. Coding a player controlled sprite
  4. Throwing and firing
  5. Health and lives - losing HP (health points)
  6. Enemies
  7. Automatic throwing and firing
  8. Reaction animations
  9. Health & lives - gaining HP (health points)
  10. Timers
  11. Sound effects & music

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Course 5 - Optical illusion and pattern effects - video lessons course

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Intermediate & advanced 9-14 years

Create 20 illusion and pattern effects! An in-depth course in which your child will learn essential coding techniques for creating optical illusions, nature simulation and pattern effects. Students will study a range of coding techniques for creating interactive animated effects. Techniques learnt are transferable to a wide range of coding scenarios.



Video lessons ..

  1. Introduction - Preparing for the course - Overview of the course aims and objectives and content. Download and install Scratch App/Desktop 3. Download the template games.
  2. Hexagon or cube - Create your first animated illusion
  3. Moving spots - Use cloning to code a static image which unexpectedly ripples
  4. Whirl spiral - Create an illusion of moving forward and backwards with a beautiful unwinding spiral
  5. Radial rays - Code the illusion of a 3D object by rotating blades
  6. 3D boxes - Create the illusion of multiple 3D objects
  7. Colour wheel segments - Use synchronised clones to create a rotating pattern effect
  8. Spirograph shapes - Code a player controlled accelerated and decelerated Spriograph effect
  9. Four optical illusions - Code four player controlled optical illusions
  10. Colour snakes - Code a beautiful synchronised colour pattern effect
  11. Snake spiral - Code a player controlled moving wire-frame nature effect
  12. Six particle generators - Use cloning to create six nature effects, including rain, bubbles and fire
  13. Symmetrical painter - Use the pen tool and math to create an automated painting tool

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Course 6 - Advanced Scratch 2 - video lessons course

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Intermediate & advanced 9-14 years

In-depth Scratch coding course for students who want to learn advanced coding techniques to create features such as .. gun inventories, grapple hooks, smooth vehicle control, and constraining spirtes to platforms and paths. Techniques learnt are transferable to a wide range of coding scenarios.


Coming July 2021 - Subscribe to be notified

Video lessons ..

  1. Introduction - Preparing for the course: Overview of the course aims and objectives and content. Download and install Scratch App/Desktop 3. Download the template games.
  2. Gun inventory - Code an inventory that the player can choose from and create different firing patterns for pistols, shotguns and machine guns
  3. Grapple hook - Drag items and grapple to items
  4. Advanced vehicle control - Code smooth acceleration, deceleration and braking
  5. Stay on a path - Prevent a sprite from being able to leave a path
  6. Auto bots - Automated movement on a path
  7. Advanced quiz with variable lists - Code a random automated quiz
  8. Force field - Code a force field to repel enemies
  9. Distance to - Use the distance-to function to create AI effects
  10. Platform riding - Jump between, and ride, moving platforms
  11. Tank battle - Code a battle in which tank and turret rotate independently

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Course 7 - Advanced Scratch 3 - video lessons course

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Intermediate & advanced 9-14 years

In-depth Scratch coding course for students who want to learn advanced coding techniques to create features such as .. football game play dynamics, helicopter flight, changing backgrounds, portals, sprite trails and game start countdowns. Techniques learnt are transferable to a wide range of coding scenarios.


Coming July 2021 - Subscribe to be notified

Video lessons ..

  1. Introduction - Preparing for the course: Overview of the course aims and objectives and content. Download and install Scratch App/Desktop 3. Download the template games.
  2. Changing terrain 1 - Code continual motion with changing backdrops that a sprite can move between
  3. Changing terrain 2 - Add attacking enemies to appear only on specified backdrops
  4. Soccer 1 - Code a striker to dribble a ball and shoot at a goal
  5. Soccer 2 - Code a goalkeeper to defend a goal, and a defender to tackle the striker
  6. Cloning variables - Give clones their own individual properties so they appear and behave differently
  7. Portal gun - Code a portal gun which the Cat can fire to be transported to another location on the stage
  8. Game start countdown - Code a game instruction screen that automatically starts the game
  9. Helicopter - Code a helicopter with realistic flying and gravity motion
  10. Walls - Code a sprite so that it can paint temporary walls to keep enemies contained
  11. Sprite trails - Leave a beautifully animated fading wake behind a moving sprite

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