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Game Creation Course
for Ages 8-12 Ages 8-12

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

ORA's Game Creation summer course for ages 8-12 course allows students to make their first steps into the world of programming in a fun, creative and engaging way.

1-week programme | Available June - August 2020

  • Live, dine and study in a top UK boarding school
  • Build games using the Construct 2 or Construct 3 engine and learn the fundamentals of graphics and gameplay
  • 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

The Game Creation course is designed to introduce young students to the world of computer game coding, providing them with practical experience and helping them to develop transferable skills for future educational endeavours.

Students will use the Construct 2 or Construct 3 engines to create cross-platform, 2-dimensional games. They will start from design, set up the layout and add logic, movements and winning conditions, all without previous experience in game making.

For those interested in a longer programming experience, this course can be combined with Coding with Scratch to make a two-week coding summer school.

What to expect from the Game Creation course

Students will begin by learning about the building blocks of video games, including graphics, actions and events. Participants will then make their own playable Space-themed game, determining how a character is controlled, how the enemies in the game behave and how the storyline and challenges progress.

By producing functioning games, students will gain an appreciation of how to plan and manage a small game coding project. This will be a useful transferable skill for school projects and future careers.

Course outcomes

By the end of the course, students will have:

  • An introduction to Construct 2 or Construct 3, sprites, graphics and gameplay
  • An understanding of game planning and design, including movement, animation, sound effects and scoring
  • Knowledge about game debugging and problem solving
  • Produced a playable game
  • An understanding of adding levels and special effects, and polishing the game

Topics covered

During this intensive one-week game development course, students will cover all the key skills required to build simple games, including:

  • An introduction to Construct 3, sprites, graphics and gameplay.
  • Actions and events within games.
  • Game planning and design: movement, animation, sound effects and scoring.
  • Game debugging and problem solving.
  • Adding levels and special effects, and polishing the game.
  • At the end of the course, students will have created a simple game.

Day Week 1
Monday Lesson 1: Introductions

Lesson 2: Introduction to Construct 3

Lesson 3: Game Objects

Lesson 4: Game Object Behaviors and First Game
Lesson 5: Principles of ‘Design, Build, Test’

Lesson 6: Shooter Game 1

Lesson 7: Shooter Game 2

Lesson 9: Shooter Game 3
Wednesday Field Trip
Thursday Lesson 9: Write Test

Lesson 10: Game templates and Game Exports

Lesson 11: Game Creation Assessment

Lesson 12: Game Creation Assessment
Friday Lesson 13: Introduce Group Task Challenge

Lesson 14-15: Group Task

Lesson 16: Group Presentations

Take this course if...

Take this course if you would like to learn how to create your own game from scratch and learn valuable programming skills.

A safe and secure summer in a top British boarding school


Students on our Junior summer school courses study either at Uppingham School or St Mary's School in Ascot, our two outstanding Junior summer school venues for 2020. Students will enjoy the facilities of their venue, with extensive grounds and well-equipped learning spaces. Courses at Uppingham run from 28th June to 11th July, while courses at St Mary's run from 12th July to 15th August.

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.

Birds-eye view of St Mary's School Ascot

St Mary's School in Ascot

Bird's eye view of Uppingham School

Uppingham School

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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