Travelling in Space

Junior STEM Camp for Reception to Year 3  

11-14 April 2023: Face to Face at Francis Holland School, Sloane Square

39 Graham Terrace, SW1W 8JF


The theme of this Junior Camp are not without ambition! This Easter our camp participants will become young scientists and astronauts who head into outer space to learn about conditions there and how they compare with life on Earth.

Here are the Scientific Topics we will explore and learn about:

  • the forces of gravity that determine the motion of objects in space including stars, planets and spaceships

  • what satellites are and what they do

  • life and work at a space station

  • energy sources used by spacecraft and their human occupants

  • radio communications and radio controlled robots in space

Alongside Science our campers will also study Problem Solving, Coding and Chess.

Format and fees for the junior face to face camp (Reception to Year 3 / Ages 4.5 to 8):

  • small groups of similar age and experience. Pupil to teacher ratio is 6 to 1
  • four days from Tuesday to Friday from either 9am to 12pm or 1pm to 4pm 
  • fees are £380 for all four days. It is not possible to join for a shorter period

Places are limited, please register your interest HERE.  
Our approach to teaching Maths and Problem Solving

In both our classes and camps children play games and tackle puzzles that are designed to build their powers of problem solving and logic, both being essential to early intellectual development. We use these games to great effect with this age group to stimulate each child's interest in 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.

During this camp children will be learning how to code. Pupils will study 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. Each child will be in a class suitable to their age and experience, and in each of our camps we choose a different coding project for children to work on and study through so the learning experience is always fresh even if a child has attended several of our camps. 

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.

Places are limited, please register your interest HERE.