Oxford Summer School 2018

Coding with Scratch
for Ages 11-12 Ages 11-12

Oxford Royale's Junior Summer School 2018
| St Mary's School, Ascot

Oxford Royale Academy's Coding with Scratch for ages 11-12 course is designed to give students a head start in this exciting field, and to begin to prepare them for the exciting tech future that lies ahead. Participants will learn the fundamentals of the Scratch programming language, perfect for kids, and will then use their new programming skills to control robots and design games.

1-week programme | Available July - August 2018

Oxford Royale also offers a Coding with Scratch course for ages 8-10.

  • Live, dine and study in a top UK boarding school
  • Bring your code to life by building platform games and controlling a Sphero robot.
  • 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 past decade has seen a huge transformation in the technology industry. Where coding knowledge was once limited to the highly-qualified few, the world of tech has become much more accessible. Indeed, coding skills are now thought of as essential for many careers, and desirable for hundreds more. This paradigm will only strengthen in the future - many students aged 11 and 12 today will likely perform jobs that do not currently exist, such is the rate of change and advance in the technology sector. A 2015 study by Oxford University academics estimated that 35 per cent of currently active job roles in the United Kingdom will be at high risk from automation and computerisation in the next 20 years.

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.

Where could the Coding with Scratch course lead you?

Why choose Coding with Scratch?

Scratch is a visual programming language, developed by a team at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to introduce young students to coding. Scratch makes learning to code less scary and more fun - students get to be inventive and creative, while gaining confidence and knowledge of the fundamentals of coding and computer science.

How will Coding with Scratch help me?

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 problems, think of tech solutions, and bring those solutions to life using code. This way of thinking will help students to avoid getting stuck, by giving them the tools and attributes to think their way out of a problem.

At this young age, students often suffer from "learned helplessness"; they believe that they cannot get anything right, and that they cannot progress any further. By using their own code to solve problems and make things happen, students will begin to see just how much they can achieve.

Is this the course for me?

If you want to learn coding in an exciting and creative way, and create five computer programs, then this is the course for you. Whether your focus is making your interactive game characters look and sound however you like, or learning how to control a real robot - a Sphero smart toy - students will get to see just how powerful their code and their computation thinking skills are, as they bring their programs into the physical world. As an added bonus, students get to take their Sphero 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 and your computer, and your First Scratch Program.
  • 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.

What will you get out of the Coding with Scratch course?

By the end of the course, students will be familiar with the programming language Scratch, and how it used within the remit of computer science. They will have developed computational thinking and problem-solving skills, and will have created three computer programmes, including an interactive game, and a programme used to control a Sphero robotic ball, which they will be able to take home with them at the end of the course.

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 St Mary's School, Ascot, so students are able to get a flavour for what being a pupil at this prestigious UK boarding school 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 Registrations Team on admin@oxford-royale.co.uk 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 Registrations Team for more detailed information.
  • Should check the prerequisites of each course they select before enrolling.

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