In this exciting Summer holiday camp, children will study how games are won or lost through Mathematical Strategies. They will discover Robotics, with each child learning how to code a ‘bit:bot’ car. Tutored Chess is also a key part of this camp.
This is a five day camp that runs from 9am to 12pm or 1pm to 4pm - but not both. Each three hour day is divided into classes on the topics above with comfort breaks and opportunities to stop for drinks and a snack.
Learning groups are very small with a pupil to teacher ratio of 6 to 1. They are tailored for each child’s age and level of experience with the subject to provide appropriate levels of simplicity or complexity.
In our camp’s classes in Maths Games and Winning Strategies, pupils will develop their reasoning skills while playing educational games. We have prepared a wide selection of innovative games for individual players and teams with a focus on the importance of developing a strategy rather than making random moves. The presence of an opponent encourages children to reflect on their own tactics and that of their partner, which leads to developing efficient ways to advance in a game. Our campers will have a chance to practice their reasoning skills in a variety of contexts including through:
pencil-and-paper and board games involving spatial reasoning and arithmetic skills
guessing games that require solid logical thinking
games with elements of chance prompting children to make quick decisions
From our experience we know that children not only enjoy the entertaining side of game playing but also appreciate the opportunity to exercise their brains and learn something new during the play.
The further benefits for children taking part in this camp are:
in Maths: our teaching methodology for Maths Games and Winning Strategies is through a problem solving approach. Every child is encouraged to discuss their thinking 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
in Robotics, pupils will learn how mobile robots work, for example driverless cars. Robotics is a unique area of study, bringing together programming, problem solving, engineering, mathematics and physics. At its most basic level, robotics breathes life into programming, with pupils swiftly able to see the working results of their coding efforts. In this camp children will each be allocated a ‘micro:bit’ car which they will learn to code
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
- five days from Monday to Friday from either 9am to 12pm or 1pm to 4pm
fees are £450 for all five days. It is not possible to join for a shorter period