Games Coding 4 Kids is a computer coding workshop for children aged 8-12 during which they will design and code a variety of complete computer games using a games controller.
Kids aged 8-12 of all abilities are welcome, from beginners (who have never written a line of code) all the way through to kids who have prior coding experience. Children who have attended this workshop in the past can attend again if they enjoyed it the last time: we tailor the coding challenges to build upon topics covered in previous sessions (please indicate previous attendance in booking notes).
This is an all-inclusive workshop, with Spark4Kids providing everything from the software and hardware that the children will use, to lunch and healthy snacks – just drop your child off in the morning, and pick them up at the end of the fun-filled, workshop day.
On this workshop, children write code using either a gaming controller or a keyboard (whichever they prefer), manipulating visual elements on-screen to construct each game. A multitude of game objects are available for use when designing games.
This practical hands-on course, takes the child through painting 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.
The workshop is designed to keep the kids engaged throughout the day. There will be sufficient breaks to ensure that the children spend some time away from the computer and weather permitting, there will also be breaks outdoors.
The focus is on creating a fun and supportive environment in which children learn about various aspects of technology and coding.
Food and Snack Breaks
All children on all-day workshops will be offered lunch. Children may also bring in a packed lunch if they have special dietary requirements. Healthy snacks and refreshments will be available throughout the day.
Children booked on the Extended Day option (not available on all workshops) will be offered breakfast on arrival.
Each workshop day will be punctuated with breaks to ensure that the children take time away from computers/computer coding. Short walks and trips outdoors will be taken, however this will be dependent on the weather.
We offer sibling discounts for families with more than one child enrolled with Spark4Kids. A discount of 10% is automatically deducted from the second child’s fees.
For term-time bookings, children looking to have double sessions during term-time are also offered a 10% discount off the second hour of the session. For workshop bookings, children who are booked on a second workshop also attract a 10% discount on the second workshop.
Discounts are automatically applied during the booking process if all courses are included in the same shopping basket and paid for at the same time. They do not apply if sessions for siblings or other multiple sessions are booked and paid for in separate transactions.
Spark4Kids accepts childcare vouchers as fee payment towards all of our courses from the following childcare voucher providers:
- Bravo Benefits (formerly Busy Bees)
- Co-operative Flexible Benefits
- Employers For Childcare
- Enjoy Benefits
- My Family Care
- NW Brown
- Reward Gateway
- Wider Plan
To pay for a course using childcare vouchers, 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 prompts to complete your booking (you will be emailed Spark4Kids voucher payment details in order for you to complete payment via your childcare providers website).
We can also accept a fee payment that is split between a childcare voucher payment and a standard debit/credit card payment (e.g. if your remaining childcare voucher balance isn’t enough to cover the course fee). To do this, kindly get in touch using the contact details listed in the footer of this page.
To book a place on the Games Coding 4 Kids workshop, use the booking form alongside, or call us on 020 8090 1444 if you have any questions.