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While Skylarks was not affected by Tier 2, 3 or 4 restrictions and continued to operate from the Crossway Centre in a Covid-compliant manner, we have unfortunately had to close from January 2021 due to the national lockdown in line with local primary schools. We continue to offer a wide range of services online and are working to introduce more virtual activities. We will re-open for face-to-face services as soon as it is safe to do so.

Online technology course for children with additional needs - Junior Scratch Coder (group 1)

Run by Fire Tech
We are pleased to offer some online courses in technology for Skylarks children with additional needs. These courses may be particularly suitable for children with high functioning autism or Aspergers. They are open to all children with any additional needs from any borough who would enjoy learning more about technology and are able to use a computer or laptop at home.

They will take place by Zoom. These courses are being provided for us by Fire Tech, who are registered with OFSTED. All tutors are DBS checked and sessions are recorded for safeguarding purposes.

Course: Junior Scratch Coder, suitable for children from 8 to 12 years old

Course provider: Fire Tech

Our first course with Fire Tech will be during the Christmas holidays, from Monday 21 to Wednesday 23 December every morning (3 sessions). The times are 10.30am to 12 noon each day.

Please note: this is a 3 day course and your child needs to be able to attend all 3 sessions. If your child cannot attend all 3 sessions, please do not book them in but wait until we are running another course.

There is a limited number of places on this course, so if it is full, you can put your child's name on the waiting list. We will be running more courses again in the New Year.

Course description:

"Explore the basics of computer programming and program design by building some amazing projects! 
Developed by MIT, Scratch is one of the go-to languages for learning computer programming. Its block based interface is intuitive and easy to use. In this exciting and creative course, we explore the basics of computer programming as well as program design by building some amazing projects each day.

Every student will get hands-on with coding from Day One and learn how to share and collaborate on projects with their peers. We believe that the skills to communicate and work with others are just as important as the technical aspects of programming and that’s how great apps and computer programs are made.
This course is perfect for those who are looking for a new creative outlet, starting out on their coding journey or those who want to take their Scratch skills to the next level.  

+ Learn the fundamentals of programming with Scratch, with program flow, inputs and outputs
+ Build a maze and racing game, using sprite interaction, control and automation
+ Create a virtual character with camera interactions, text and audio

As this course is designed for younger learners, parents are welcome to join the sessions too, to help with focus and any minor technical issues."

You will need a laptop with videocam. One from the last 5 years is usually fine, but you can read more about the set up requirements here:

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