After School Coding Club

Key Stage Level One & Two linked with ICT Coding Curriculum

What is coding?

Computer code is a set of rules or instructions and is what we use to make computer programs. It could be a game, some pictures or a film. According to a recent Evening Standard article, ‘Coding is one of the hottest skills to add to your CV at the moment’.

Think BIG Coding has been developed as an after-school club delivering fun, coding sessions to primary school children, linking into the national curriculum. We deliver easy-to-follow online & written projects in Scratch, Python, etc. where children learn to make and evaluate their own coding projects that include the creation of animations, games and quizzes.  When a student is happy with their project, we invite them to present it to the club on a large interactive board.

We use robots when available and include other coding activities, allowing children to develop skills using a multitude of tools.  We all know that children learn in different ways, so to ensure your child gets the most out of our clubs, we also help with basic computer skills and fine motor skills. Do they play games during Coding Club?  Yes, sometimes, but the games are all monitored and obtained via safe searching.  We usually allow 10 minutes at the end of each club for some fun, safe gaming. However, we do encourage them to look at the code of the games they are playing and, where possible, challenge them to change the code. 

The clubs run on a termly basis and are payable in advance per term (£24.00 based on a seven to five-week term - £48 for both terms, Sep – Dec 2019, etc.).

Approx Terms Dates for 2019/2020:

Term 1 : Wednesday 4th September 2019 – Friday 18th October 2019.
Term 2 : Monday 28th October 2019 – Wednesday 18th December 2019.
Term 3 : Monday 6th January 2020 – Friday 14th February 2020.
Term 4 : Monday 24th February 2020 – Wednesday April 1st 2020.
Term 5 : Thursday 16th April 2020– Friday 22nd May 2020.
Term 6 : Tuesday 2nd June 2020 – Tuesday 21st July 2020

In the unlikely event that a club is cancelled by Think BIG Coding, a credit will be issued to carry over to the following term where possible or it will be credited to you based on the avg. cost of a session. Unfortunately, we cannot issue credits if the club has been cancelled by the school without prior advance notice.  If your child cannot attend a session for any reason, they will still have access to the online portal (providing the service is live at the time).

Our staff are subject to an enhanced DBS checks and classroom staff receive safeguarding awareness training; some also have First Aid training.

Interested in having a Coding Club at your school?

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