With the computer and internet becoming indispensable parts of daily lives, it is essential that students are given the opportunities to explore their interests and learn the coding skills from young age. Many countries have recognised the importance of computer coding training and are starting to provide coding lessons for school students. English and Coding Summer Camp provides students of all language abilities with a unique opportunity to bring together two key languages for the future: English and programming.
Recently the Raspberry Pi has been used to power Astro Pi computer in space with British Astronaut Tim Peake’s mission to the space station. This triggers vast interests among students in what they can achieve with this incredible credit card sized computer!
At English and Coding Summer Camp, each students will be given a Raspberry Pi computer to use and take home to master the basics of coding. They will learn how to build simple games which help them hone their design, logic and problem-solving skills, and allows them to express their ideas and creativity in various ways. Students will also work together on a larger group project throughout the summer course.
The programme includes 30 hours of structured English lessons and 15 hours of coding class, varied activities and fantastic excursions. Students are given an English level assessment on the first morning to make sure they are placed in the right class to really enjoy and learn as much as possible. They will be taught by qualified EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teachers who have ability to make language learning fun. The course syllabus covers essential English language skills with particular emphasis on speaking, listening and pronunciation both inside and outside the classroom, helping children to turn theoretical knowledge of the language into a practical ability to express themselves with confidence.
English and Coding Summer Camp consists of a well-balanced programme of English tuition, activities, sports and excursions. The structured programme includes:
- 30 hours of English tuition over two weeks
- 15 hours of programming classes over two weeks
- Every student is given a Raspberry Pi to take home
- Fully-equipped modern computer lab
- 2 full-day excursions and 1 half-day excursion per week
- Full afternoon and evening activity programme on Project Afternoon non-excursion days
- End-of-course Assessment & Certificate
- Maximum class size of 11 students for all English classes
- Insurance and airport transfers (Heathrow & Gatwick airports)
Outside language and coding tuition, students will improve language skills through a broad range of sporting, cultural and entertaining activities, such as:
- Camp Fire
- Arts & Crafts
- Summer Fete
- Kite Making & Flying
- BBQ at the Beach
- Sports Tournaments
- The Cube
- Trash Fashion Show
- Scavenger Hunt
- Family Fortunes Quiz
- Climbing Wall
- Film Evenings
- Musical & Dance
- Table Tennis
- Talent Shows
- You Bet
Excursions are a vital part of the summer experience for international students to gain a cultural understanding of the UK alongside English language study. Students will have 2 fully day and 1 half day excursion and trips each week to experience the rich cultural heritage of Britain. The choices include:
- Buckingham Palace
- Houses of Parliament
- West End Musical
- Natural History Museum
- Hyde Park
- London Eye
- British Museum
- Southbank Walking Tour
- Camden Market
- Oxford Street
- Hever Castle
- Bognor Regis
- Thorpe Park
- Portsmouth & Spinnaker Tower
- Windsor Castle
- Eton College
- Brighton beach
- Leeds Castle
- Stratford Upon Avon
- Warwick Castle
- Canterbury Cathedral
- Ely/Ely Cathedral
- Chessington World of Adventure
The sample timetable below is a typical two-week English and Coding Summer Camp.
Students will stay in the college bedrooms which are close to both the classrooms and the large dining room. Most rooms are single study bedrooms with facilities ranging from shared to en-suite, and many of which were completely new in 2010. Girls and boys are accommodated separately. In each boarding house, there is a senior member of staff who looks after the students in the evenings and is on duty throughout the night.
Well balanced, nutritious three cooked meals are provided in the beautiful dining hall. Drinks and biscuits are available in the lesson breaks. Packed lunches are provided for excursions.
Indoor facilities include 5-a-side football, netball, badminton, cricket, basketball, volleyball, hockey and indoor tennis and a popular climbing wall. Outdoor facilities include a sports field, two tennis courts, football, rugby and cricket pitches. Horse riding stables including two indoor riding rings. Working farm with farm animals, and an animal care unit. 3 student computer rooms. Wi-fi access in common areas.
Laundry is done once a week. All bed linen is provided and is laundered once a week. Towels are not provided.
Plumpton College is located in the magnificent English countryside at the foot of the South Downs, and only 20 minutes away from the popular tourist resort of Brighton.
The College has one of the largest agricultural estates of all Colleges in England, covering over 890 hectares of farmed land and woodland, which also includes ancient semi-natural woodlands, chalk downland, a network of small streams. Its proximity to the South Coast with its varied coastal habitats is also an advantage. The estate is managed for habitat conservation, agriculture, forestry, gamekeeping as well as general recreation. Setting in an area of outstanding natural beauty in the centre of the South Downs National Park, the Plumpton College offers a tranquil, safe, and state-of-the-art learning environment.
The College is an agricultural college during the academic year and as such it has an on-site working farm; an Animal Care Centre; stables including one of the best horse-riding schools in the country; beautiful grounds for outdoor activities; and a new Children’s Rural Education Centre opened by HRH The Princess Royal in 2008.
The College specialises in providing a wide variety of highly-respected, practical, land-based courses. In association with the University of Brighton, the college also offers degree courses, international students can study a work-focused degree course such as BSc Viticulture and Oenology – the only undergraduate degree in wine production delivered in English in Europe, or BSc Equine Sports Performance. Accommodation on campus is guaranteed for all international students.