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Coding with Scratch
for Ages 8-12 Ages 8-12

Oxford Royale's Junior Summer School 2020
| St Mary's School, Ascot

The Coding with Scratch course for ages 8-12 from Oxford Royale Summer Schools is designed to introduce students to the exciting world of coding, in a fun and engaging way. During an exciting week of learning, students will learn how to write code, and will then apply those new skills to a variety of projects, including navigating a robot through a maze and building a basic platform game.

1-week programme | Available July - August 2020

  • Live, dine and study in a top UK boarding school
  • Write code. Control robots. Create games. All in a one-week course taught by experts
  • Safe and fun learning and living environment
  • Make new friends in a truly international environment
  • Enjoyable cultural programme, including activities and excursions
  • Improve your English by interacting with native English speakers

Course Summary

This one-week course is designed to provide an interactive, enjoyable and thorough introduction to the world of coding. With a strong practical focus, students will learn how to apply the theories covered in class through individual and group projects, acquiring a range of transferable skills - including teamwork, discussion, presentation skills and problem-solving - in the process.

Scratch is a visual programming language developed by a team at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), designed to introduce young students to coding. Scratch makes learning to code fun and simple, allowing students to be inventive and creative as they gain confidence and knowledge of the fundamentals of coding and computer science.

What to expect from the Coding with Scratch course

Participants on this course will discover the basics of programming through learning what goes into making a program, including variables, control blocks and procedures. In learning these concepts, students will begin to develop their 'computational thinking' skills, which will help them to understand issues and manufacture coding solutions to technological problems. This way of thinking will help students to avoid getting stuck, giving them the tools and attributes to successfully problem solve.

Course Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will:

  • be familiar with the programming language Scratch and how it is used within the remit of computer science
  • have developed computational thinking and problem-solving skills
  • have created three computer programmes, including an interactive game
  • have learned how to program a Sphero robotic ball, which students can take home with them at the end of the course.

Topics Covered

This intensive week of computational study covers all the key questions behind relevant coding theories, such as:

  • An overview of Scratch
  • A more in-depth look at some Scratch blocks, followed by an introduction to 'computational thinking
  • Sprites, animations, a car maze and a deeper look at other Scratch blocks
  • Design Thinking: Building a side-scrolling platform game, similar to the early Mario games
  • Introduction to the Sphero, controlling your Sphero and navigating a maze.
  • Students will explore all the relevant aspects of coding with a view to building simple games and robots.

Day Week 1
Monday Introduction to Scratch Environment
Tuesday Design Thinking and Drawing with Scratch
Wednesday Field Trip
Thursday Advanced Scratch: more features, debugging
Friday Programming the Sphero Sprk + Robot

Take this course if...

Take this course if you want to learn coding in an exciting and creative way and produce five computer programs.

Welcome to St Mary's School, Ascot - your home this summer

A birds-eye view of the facilities at St Mary's School, Ascot

Students on our Junior summer school courses at St Mary's School, Ascot, will enjoy the facilities of one of the top boarding schools in the UK, with its extensive grounds and well-equipped learning spaces.

During lessons, students will be taught by experienced tutors, while outside of class they will enjoy a varied extracurricular programme in a safe environment, led by our student counsellors.

The international environment, combined with top-quality tutoring in a world-class venue, make Oxford Royale's Junior Summer School the best junior summer school in the UK.

Students enjoying their time at St Mary's School
A group of students listening to a guest lecture
Two students sat on a bench at St Mary's School, Ascot

Useful information for students & parents


Students will be accommodated in comfortable twin or dormitory rooms, separated by gender - please contact our registrations team if you would like more information. Accommodation is the standard accommodation for school pupils who study at either St Mary's School or Uppingham School, so students are able to get a flavour for what being a pupil at these prestigious UK boarding schools is like. Bathrooms are typically shared between students of the same gender.

Pastoral care & student welfare

The programme is overseen by the Programme Director, who implements the day-to-day running of the programme. The Director is assisted by a team of Counsellors who are there to help pupils with their daily needs and to run activities for them outside of class. The Counsellors ensure that students are looked after pastorally, culturally and socially during their programme. Students are able to talk informally and frankly to the Counsellors in order to raise concerns or to discuss their course. Residential staff live in the school throughout the programme and are able to assist students at any time of the day or night.

Eligibility & pre-requisites

Students on this course:

  • Must conform to our age policy.
  • Must be fluent or near-fluent English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Admissions Team on [email protected] and they will be able to assist you.
  • Must be able to fulfil the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals and events. Please contact our Admissions Team for more detailed information.
  • Should check the prerequisites of each course they select before enrolling.

Our Teaching Faculty

At Oxford Royale Academy we are committed to providing our students with the most qualified and high-calibre teaching faculty available. All Oxford Royale Academy teachers are passionate about their subjects, and are looking forward to passing their knowledge on to their students this summer! For full details of last summer’s teaching faculty, please click here.

Guest Lectures & Debates

At ORA, we go the extra mile to enhance the study abroad experience of our students. As part of this, every year our dedicated Events Team organises a series of workshops for our junior students in either a Science or Arts topic. In previous years, guest science speakers from the Royal Institution have delivered fascinating science workshops and experiments to our young students.

Coach Excursions

The United Kingdom has a rich cultural heritage, and a course with Oxford Royale Academy is the perfect way for a young learner to explore this. All ORA courses include at least one coach excursion to a place of historical and social significance in the UK.

Extra-curricular Activities

At ORA, we never forget that our students are on holiday! Included with every ORA course is an extra-curricular timetable, carefully designed by our dedicated Events Team to ensure our junior students have fun, make friends and get the most out of their time with us.

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