With the current government guidelines on limiting the spread of Coronavirus/Covid-19, Spark4Kids are offering our computer coding courses online. This applies both to Term-time courses as well as Holiday Workshops, and the schedule will continue to run along school term and school holiday timelines, albeit online.
We are offering a 10% discount on all our online courses – when booking, kindly apply the coupon code SUMMER2020TERM during the check-out process to obtain the discount.
- Our courses have LIVE! tutors available to support attendees during online sessions
- Not all our previous in-person courses are available online, however those that are, follow the same course material
- Full training on using our online classroom is provided to attendees prior to starting the course
Do get in touch if you have any questions, using our contact details at the bottom of this page.
To book this online course, please select your options from the “Book Course” section on this page and then click on “Add to Basket”. Once you are happy with your course selection in the Basket, click “View Basket” to go on to book the course(s).
The Coding 4 Kids course is designed for children aged 8-12 who are taking their first steps in coding.
The syllabus includes games design using Kodu as well as coding using the “blockly” coding environments popularised by platforms such as Scratch. We recommend that children try their hands at both platforms to give them a good grounding in both types of programming platforms.
For Kodu, the children create event-driven code using either a gaming controller or a keyboard, manipulating visual elements on-screen to construct each game. A multitude of game objects are available for selection when designing the games. The course takes the child through setting up landscapes and worlds, manipulating the camera and on-screen objects on various terrains, performing collision-detection, zooming in-and-out, camera-orbiting, firing missiles, detecting and avoiding enemy fire, score-keeping and health-tracking to name a few.
Scratch is a procedural programming language invented at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for teaching children the concepts of programming using visual blocks as the basic programming constructs. The coding environment within Scratch is both graphical and event-driven. The children manipulate on-screen objects (or sprites) that can be drawn or imported. Commands are grouped into ten categories which include “Motion”, “Sound”, “Pen”, “Data”, “Events”, and “Sensing” to name a few. Language commands are represented as visual blocks that snap together on a ‘coding canvas’ to form syntactically correct, complete programs.
This course is recommended for children aged 8-12, who are beginners or just starting out learning how to code.
With Spark4Kids, each child is assigned their own computer (which we provide), and using a combination of interactive audio-visual material and tutor guidance, completes the Spark4Kids challenges in their own time.
The fun nature of our courses enable children to learn instinctively, and at a pace they are comfortable with. Whilst we provide the environment for learning and remain on-hand for support, with guidance provided, the children are able to take ownership of the code that they create.
At pick up time it’s not uncommon to hear children asking parents and tutors for extra time because they want to continue working on their coding challenges!
Starting After Term Has Begun
With Spark4Kids, there is no such thing as a late start – your child can start with us any week during the term!
Due to the way our courses are structured, a child can start with us any week during the term, subject to spaces being available. Our courses enable children to learn at their own pace, and this means your child can join after the term has started and they will not lose out on any topics.
The earlier you book your child on a course though, the more likely you are to obtain a space.
For a nominal fee, we offer taster sessions for any child who would like to try things out before committing to the rest of the term.
Pro Rata Term Fees
Children who register after the start of the term (or after a Taster Session) will have their fees calculated on a pro rata basis. The fee is dependent on each child’s individual start date, and will be automatically calculated during the booking process.
Sessions for each course are held once a week, and children registered on a course will be expected to attend on a weekly basis, on the day and at the time chosen at the time of course registration.
Spark4Kids accepts childcare vouchers as payment towards our term-time courses and holiday workshops, from the following providers:
- Busy Bees
- Co-operative Flexible Benefits
- Employers For Childcare
- Enjoy Benefits
- NW Brown
- Reward Gateway
- Wider Plan
The process of paying using childcare vouchers is incorporated into the standard booking process – kindly select the course you want, add to basket, and then proceed to check-out by clicking “View Basket” (you may need access to your email account). At check-out, choose “Pay with Childcare Vouchers” as the payment option, and follow the on-screen instructions to complete your booking.
We offer sibling discounts for families with more than one child enrolled with Spark4Kids. The discount is 10% off the second child’s fees and 5% off any additional sibling’s fees thereafter. Children looking to book double sessions are also offered a 10% discount off the second hour of the session.
Discounts are automatically applied during the booking process.