With current guidelines on limiting the spread of Covid-19, Spark4Kids are offering all our computer coding courses online. Our online courses have LIVE! tutors running the sessions, and we offer training on using our online classroom to attendees prior to starting the course, as well as during the course.
Our new Online Scratch holiday workshops will run at the following UK times:
- Online Scratch Intro 4 Kids will run 2pm to 2:55pm
- Online Scratch 4 Kids will run 3pm to 4:25pm
Note that the above times are London/UK times – please convert to your local time to ensure the online classes work for you. If you have one home computer being shared by more than one child, we recommend booking separate days/weeks for each child. If you live locally within Dulwich, London, we may be able to provide you with a loan laptop for an additional child, depending on laptop availability.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email or call (see below for contact details). You can click on the individual course links below to book or to find out more about each course.
The Online Scratch 4 Kids course is designed for children aged 8-11 who are taking their first steps in coding.
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.
Attendees of all abilities are welcome, from beginners (who have never written a line of code) all the way through to experienced coders. Those who have attended this online 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 workshops (please indicate previous attendance/experience in booking notes).
This is an all-inclusive online workshop, with Spark4Kids providing all the course material and tuition – the attendee just needs to login when the online session starts, for a fun-filled, computer coding workshop.
In this practical, hands-on coding workshop, attendees will receive a gentle introduction to Scratch covering the fundamental features of Scratch, including:
- The Scratch coding environment
- Coding animations
- Music with Scratch
- Drawing with Scratch
- Creating Sprites (characters) in Scratch
- Using strings, variables and if statements.
- Running mathematical operations and writing algorithms.
- Handling user input.
All attendees will be able to continue computer coding in their own time, and at their own pace, after the workshop has ended.
The workshop is designed to keep the kids engaged during the online sessions, and while the focus is on creating a fun and supportive online environment in which children learn about various aspects of technology and coding, there will be sufficient breaks to ensure that the children spend some time away from the computer.
As this course is attended remotely over the internet, it is hosted in an online classroom that has a similar feature-set to popular platforms such as Discord, Zoom and Skype. In addition, we provide attendees with pre-course training material, as well as ongoing training so that they are able to make the most of the online course whilst they are in attendance.
Features of our online classroom include video presentation, chat, whiteboards, and shared screens and all interactions are moderated as well as recorded and available for later playback. We follow the UK government’s guidance on cyber-bullying, and operate a zero-tolerance policy towards anti-social behaviour online.
Attending a Course Multiple Times
You can re-book the same Spark4Kids course multiple times if your child has previously attended the course and enjoyed working on the coding challenges. We are constantly updating our courses and there are always new coding challenges to tackle. We are also able to further tailor the coding challenges for a specific course to suit your child if he/she has a clear idea of what they would like to work on (kindly email us about this prior to the course starting).
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 have double sessions during term-time are also offered a 10% discount off the second hour of the session.
Discounts are automatically applied during the booking process, but only if all courses are included in the same shopping basket, and paid for at the same time.
Spark4Kids accepts childcare vouchers as fee payment towards all of our courses from the following childcare voucher providers:
- Busy Bees
- Co-operative Flexible Benefits
- Employers For Childcare
- Enjoy Benefits
- NW Brown
- Reward Gateway
- Wider Plan
To pay for a course fee using childcare vouchers, 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 (you will be emailed instructions for completing payment using your childcare providers website).
We also support the ability to split your course fee between childcare voucher payment and a standard debit/credit card payment. To do this, kindly get in touch using the contact details listed in the footer of this page.
Minimum System Requirements
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- Hardware: Desktop computer, microphone and speakers (or headset with mic), mouse and keyboard, fast internet connection
- Operating System: Windows, Mac, Chromebook
- License: None
- Memory: n/a
- Disk Space: n/a
- Processor: n/a
To find out what your computers’ technical specifications are, kindly use the links below:
Our online classroom software requires minimum internet speeds of 5 Mbps for upload and 15 Mbps for download. The vast majority of broadband providers’ packages will exceed these speeds. To test the speed of your broadband click the link below:
To book a place on the Online Scratch 4 Kids workshop, use the booking form alongside, or call us on 020 8090 1444 if you have any questions.