Cosmic Problem Solving

ONLINE Junior Maths, Programming and Chess Camp for Reception to Year 3  

25-29 October 2021


In this camp filled with new cosmic challenges, children will have the opportunity to explore the world of Olympiad Problem Solving, alongside Programming and Chess.

Olympiad Problem Solving is often thought to be for much older children, but the development of a child’s capabilities in logic and problem solving can start from as young as four years old, while the skills acquired are relevant to English comprehension and science subjects as well as Maths. At this camp children will learn how to:

  • solve non-standard tasks

  • succeed in maths games and puzzles

  • develop mathematical concepts, logical thinking and problem solving skills

  • code basic games - understanding the building and debugging processes

  • play better chess!  

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 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
Places are limited, please register your interest HERE.