The Jewish Chronicle

The future is at their fingertips

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HOLIDAY COURSES make learning fun, with everything from computing to circus skills on offer. Creative coding and robotics camps are offered by Blue{shift} (blueshiftc­oding.com) for ages five to 14. Working in small groups, students make games, create animations, build robots, design 3D models and more.

Courses are held at King Alfred school in Hampstead and Colville Primary School in Notting Hill and there is a balance between online and offline activities, with playtime factored in. Spring-holiday coding camps run from Monday to Thursday, April 8 to 18.

Software Academy holds holiday camps at its Cricklewoo­d Broadway studio (softwareac­ademy.co.uk). Students will learn transferab­le skills, unleash their imaginatio­n and make like-minded friends. Activities are divided in one-hour blocks, with regular breaks. There are no more than six students per tutor. As an example of what children can learn, at the February half-term camp, they focused on 3D character sculpting and the use of MudBox, an industry-standard tool involved in the creation of films such as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Sylvia Young Theatre School (syts. co.uk) in central London offers holiday courses for children from age seven to teens, working in age-banded groups. Courses — led by teachers from the full-time school and also profession­als from the theatre world — cover drama, audition technique, singing, microphone technique, street dance, jazz and circus skills.

After-school drama clubs also offer holiday courses, open to children who do not usually attend, as well as regulars. Dramarama (dramarama.co.uk) has a five-day option from April 8 to 12 at South Hampstead High School and four days, April 15 to 18, at The Hall School, Hampstead. Original plays, musicals and street-dance shows will be rehearsed each day and presented to family and friends at the end of the week. There are age-banded groups (five to six years; musical theatre seven to eight years; musical theatre nine to 11 years; youth theatre 11 to 14 years and street dance seven to 11 years. Three-day drama workshops are also available. Participan­ts will develop voice skills, learn performanc­e technique, improve confidence, enjoy taking a role in shows and make new friends. To book, call 020 8446 0891 or see the website.

Also at South Hampstead High School, Danny Grant Soccer School (dgsoccer.co.uk) is offering football courses on April 8 to 12 and 15 to 18, for boys and girls of all abilities, age up to 12. They will enjoy fitness training, football skills, daily tournament­s and fun sports activities. To book, see the website or call 020 8446 0891.

Holiday swimming courses are available at Oakleigh Park School of Swimming (swimoaklei­ghpark.co.uk), at its Woodside Park site. The five-day course runs from April 14 to 18. Each half hour there are classes of different ability, with a maximum of six students per class. Advanced coaching is offered for age seven upwards. Private lessons are also available (one-to-one or two-toone). Adult beginners and improvers can also book a five-day course.

Junior creative writers could spend their holiday working on a 500-word story for the Explore Learning Writers’ Awards — theme to be announced on March 11. The winner will receive a family trip to Disneyland Paris, £500-worth of books for their school library and a school visit from author, singer and TV presenter Alesha Dixon, who will judge the competitio­n. Explore Learning is an English and maths tuition company with centres across the UK, for ages four to 14. It will hold free writing workshops and offer free downloadab­le resources to inspire participan­ts. See www.explorelea­rning.co.uk/youngwrite­rs

Meanwhile, eight- to 14-year-olds can submit a poem of up to 20 lines on the theme of journeys for Brighton Festival’s Peacock Poetry Prize (email it with your age to peacock@brightonfe­stival. org). Closing date is April 12. Build confidence and make friends, performing with Dramarama

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