In our June Half Term, children will have the opportunity to study, alongside maths, programming and chess, the exciting topic of Magnetism! Get ready for the world of positives and negatives, attraction and repulsion! We’ll travel to the North and South poles and discover how a compass works (you might even make your own). Find out which metal on your clothes is magnetic, which isn't and why. Watch objects ‘levitate’ in magnetic fields - it’s all beyond exciting!
In Maths and Problem Solving we will be playing games and tackling 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 problem solving, particularly in 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 will be used to help children develop algorithmical thinking as they look at how to code. Pupils 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’.
In Chess, the primary goal for the youngest and newest players will be to learn the basic rules of chess and begin playing. 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.
Learning groups will be very small with a pupil to teacher ratio of 5:1. Groups are tailored for each child’s age and level of experience with the subject to provide appropriate levels of simplicity or complexity.
Format and fees for the junior face to face camp (ages 4.5 to 7.5):
- small groups of similar age and experience. Pupil to teacher ratio is 5 to 1
- four days from Tuesday to Friday from either 9am to 12pm or 1pm to 4pm
fees are £340 for all four days. It is not possible to join for a shorter period