In this condensed and stimulating three day camp participants will have the opportunity to explore the world of Olympiad Problem Solving, alongside Programming and Chess. Many of the challenges and problems the children will be learning from will be based on themes drawn from the Queen’s Jubilee.
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 five 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!
Our teaching method in Maths and Problem Solving is for children to play games and tackle puzzles, both being essential to early intellectual development. We use these to great effect with this age group to stimulate each child's interest in logic and the real life practicalities of maths. The primary function of any game is to provide a natural learning process, help develop powers of analysis and encourage memorisation of new information. Games also help the development of logical processes and spatial reasoning, while working on numerical puzzles with their peers is an enjoyable way for younger children to grow into a fuller understanding of mathematics.
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. Importantly, however, 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 participants will learn how animations and computer games are programmed, how they carry out ‘instructions’ and what happens when this goes wrong, leading to an understanding of how to ‘debug’. Children also will see and learn more about the connection between programming and maths.
In Chess, the primary goal for the youngest and newest players will be to learn the basic rules of chess and begin playing. More advanced players will be coached in strategy and tactics and how to improve their game. To develop a child’s interest in chess, we present it as an exciting game of protecting one’s kingdom and its inhabitants. Research shows that playing chess regularly helps children achieve better results in maths and sciences, enhances language skills and memory and, most importantly, improves decision making which is why many countries teach it as a part of the school curriculum.
Format and fees for the junior face to face camp (Reception to Year 3):
- small groups of similar age and experience. Pupil to teacher ratio is 6 to 1
- three days from Monday to Wednesday from either 9am to 12pm or 1pm to 4pm
fees are £270 for all three days. It is not possible to join for a shorter period