We are pleased to offer another online course 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. These courses 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. You can read more about the organisation here:
Course: Video Game Design, suitable for children from 9 to 12 years old
Course provider: Fire Tech
This course will take place during half term, from Monday 14th February to Friday 18th February, from 5.30 to 7pm every day.
There are 5 sessions in total.
Please note: this is a 5 day course and your child needs to be able to attend all 5 sessions. If your child cannot attend all 5 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 next holidays and beyond.
After booking with Skylarks, parents will be sent a link to register with Fire Tech. This is your opportunity to let Fire Tech know about their child’s additional needs and any adaptations that may help your child. A phone call can be arranged with Fire Tech if necessary. All Fire Tech trainers are aware of our children’s needs and have been asked to deliver the course at a slower pace, to repeat instructions as required and to provide written materials in advance where possible.
Please note you must also complete the registration with Fire Tech. If you have not done so the Thursday before the course starts, your place may be offered to someone else on the waiting list.
Parents will receive an invitation to log into a virtual classroom a few days before the course starts. The setup information will be already posted in the classroom when you login for the first time. The Zoom link to the first session will be posted a few hours before the first session.
Put your gaming experience and imagination into action, developing an original game that you can fully play and show to friends and family. This is a remote course for all abilities and ages.
The fundamentals covered in Video Game Design are a great first step into the world of coding. Students are introduced to programming and a behaviour-based logic system – applying behaviours and attributions, testing, debugging and fine-tuning products – that comprises a core component of computer science and is familiar to any programmer. This is a rich course and one of our most popular, and many kids take it more than once to take their skills even further.
We use Construct 3 ® to develop games that you can play on any platform. It is a free platform, which means once you have an account, you can keep developing games after your course has finished! Construct 3 ® makes it easy to get started, work with an impressive library of behaviours and attributes, and produce some great-looking final products.
Course Learning Outcomes:
> Telling A Story: storyboarding and structuring your game
> Platform Basics: using the Construct 3 environment
> Graphics: graphic design and animation basics for your characters
> Control: applying behaviours and attributes to characters
> Testing: testing, de-bugging, perfecting your program
> That's a Wrap! Keep and share your game, access anywhere
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:
You will need to agree with our safeguarding procedures. These are:
I understand that I must be present in the room with my child during all Skylarks live online sessions
I understand that my child/ren must be fully dressed and that I must not record, photograph or video any Skylarks live online sessions
I understand that I must not share any Zoom passwords
I will report any safeguarding or welfare concerns to Skylarks staff or to the appropriate authorities
I understand and agree to Skylarks passing on necessary personal details to the third party provider of this course
This course is free of charge but donations are appreciated. The value of this course is £175.
Donations can be made to: