In this brand new half term Camp, children will have the opportunity to develop their powers of problem solving and logic by studying logical, geometrical and arithmetical problems relating to the ancient trade routes, the discovery of new continents and round-the-world voyages. This is an exciting camp with all new material - even if your child has joined us for many previous camps this will be yet another new learning experience from LondonSMP.
Our aim is to introduce children to solving problems, mathematically and beyond, using logic and creative thinking so they begin to see what lies behind the ‘magic’ of Maths and Coding. At this camp participants will discover how mathematics helps us to explore the world around us:
how to find the best routes to travel based on distance, time, and cost
understand how goods were exchanged in a medieval bazaar
convert measures from one unit to another
get acquainted with the concept of speed, and play and solve problems related to this topic
analyse strategies for solving numerical puzzles (introduction to algebra)
study the well-known mathematical problems of our modern age, such as the problem of the Königsberg bridges and four colour and some combinatorial problems
learn the beginnings of coding and discover how computing helps modern travelers plan their journeys
- learn winning strategies, tactics and gamesmanship from the venerable game of Chess - an essential element within LondonSMP’s own curriculum
Camp format - each day children will join three 45 minute online lessons that teach:
Maths - building strong foundations of understanding through games, puzzles and problem solving - creating those ‘Aha!’ moments
Programming - learning how to code with Scratch to build exciting designs and a computer game (encouraging children towards being computer game designers rather than players)
Chess - this venerable game teaches logic, focus, tactics, strategy and gamesmanship. Our classes support beginners through to young masters
Children will be placed into small groups of 3 to 5, based on their age and experience of the subjects. They are then invited to engage both individually and together on inspiring tasks and problems.
The key benefits for children joining the camp are:
the development of their powers of problem solving in maths. Every child is encouraged to discuss their thinking about a problem with their peers. The exchange of ideas in our friendly discussions is both enjoyable and productive, helping children to develop their reasoning skills. This will also support each child’s understanding of the importance of maths and its practical uses
learning about programming - how it works, how much fun it is and ‘debugging’ - the process of each child checking their work if the programme doesn’t run. We develop new coding projects for every camp
the thrill of chess: whether your child has never played before or is a champion in waiting, we have the right group for them to learn the tactics, strategies and skills to enjoy and succeed at this venerable game
Places are limited, please register your interest HERE.
A word about Programming and why we teach it: coding has become one of the most important skills of the 21st century. The number of jobs that require coding will continue to increase dramatically. At the same time programming strengthens logical thinking and problem-solving skills – vital in many different areas of life, from engineering and science to medicine and law. During this camp children will be learning how to code using Scratch Junior to create animations and games. They will see the beginnings of programming constructions and learn how to compose effective algorithms. Children also will see and learn more about the connection between programming and maths.
Format and fees for the junior online camp (Reception to Year 3):
class sizes are small groups of 3 to 5, selected by appropriate age and experience
three 45 minute classes a day with strategic breaks from the screen for children to drink, snack and take fresh air
session times are: 9.00-9.45, 10.10-10.55 and 11.20-12.05 (or 12.40-13.25)
all classes are interactive, using Zoom, with pupils solving problems with the teacher and with each other
fees are £345 for five days, Monday to Friday. It is not possible to join for a shorter period
- to take part you must have a PC or laptop (Windows or Mac OS) with a camera and mic and a stable internet connection