Summer is a time for playing games (and making them!)

Summer holiday 2020 9-12 years Intermediate Games Design computer code club courses

Student creating a game with Scratch
Scratch code cat
Suitable for 9 to 12 year olds, these courses are designed for children who are confident computer users and/or have previous experience with Scratch. Students learn new techniques and skills by building a brand new and complete game. The students then produce music for it, after which each student is encouraged to develop their own ideas and game, progressing at their own speed.

Activity options & fees

9-12 years Intermediate Games Design computer code club course PM
At our training studio in Bromley Common BR2 8LU. Maximum 12 students.
Three 2hr sessions 1-3pm each day.

Option 1
Tue 4th, Wed 5th, Thur 6th August 2020

Option 2
Tue 11th, Wed 12th, Thur 13th August

Option 3
Tue 25th, Wed 26th, Thur 27th August

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Activity content

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.

Scratch code blocks

Games 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 editing

Image 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 production

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. 

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.

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Our activities cover attainment targets from the National Computing Curriculum.

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.

Age range & SEN

This activity is suitable for any 9-12 year old child who has some experience of Scratch or has a keen interest in learning coding. Is your child ready?

Students coding with Scratch