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Coding for 10 Year Olds: Classes & How to Teach

10-year olds are at the ideal age to start learning how to code. By this age, 10 years old better understand the concepts of programming, and can apply those in many different mediums, including popular game platforms such as Minecraft and Roblox.

There are many options available for 10-year olds who want to learn coding. In fact, it’s never been easier to pick up programming with apps, games, toys, and online coding classes for 10-year olds all available. All can take your child’s skills to the next level, but nothing can beat classes for a structured and effective approach to learning.

In this short guide we will highlight not just coding classes, but also some apps that are age appropriate for your child. But first, here are how our virtual lessons work.

Coding classes for 10-year olds

FunTech is the leading provider of coding lessons for 10 years olds in the UK. We’ve been educating children since the 1990s and in that time have seen thousands of kids pass through our doors and online lessons to become proficient programmers.

We make learning to code fun, with lessons offered during term time, after school, during the holidays, and both in virtual and real classroom environments. Our approach to teaching is valued by parents as we aim to help to set children up for life with tech skills that will be valuable now and in their futures.

Fun and safety are at the core of everything we do, and we would encourage you to browse our website and also check out the coding classes we have designed for 10-year olds below. The lessons listed here are followed by some app and game suggestions too.

1. Java Coder

Our fast-paced Java lessons teach your 10-year-old to code, edit and problem-solve in a structured and methodical manner from the ground up. Once you child has mastered the core coding constructs, we present them with oodles of fun practical exercises and projects for variety of different scenarios.

2. Python Coder

These online lessons will teach your 10-year-old to code and then implement what they have learned through fun, practical exercises and projects resulting in their ability to create Python projects with confidence.

3. Python Game Developer

These lessons offer coding for 10-year olds, online classes, but in a more advanced format. Ideally these classes will suit kids who already have some coding experience and are looking to progress the next level. Your child will learn the power of object-oriented programming and apply these skills to create an impressive collection of interactive 2D games.

4. Roblox Game Developer

We take the popular gaming platform Roblox to teach digital skills and programming concepts to 10-year olds. Whether your kid is new to Roblox or a regular gamer, they will learn how to create an obstacle course and kart racing game during a fun week of experimentation, creativity and real-world physics.

5. Indie Game Developer

These online coding classes for 10-year olds are more focussed on app development but is also a great introduction to game design. We use hands-on exercises and projects to teach your child the skills and techniques required to design and build an interactive game. They’ll get an introduction to core coding concepts and learn how to export and publish their game on the web.

6. Minecraft with Mods

This creative and fun Minecraft coding class is packed full of learning, experimentation, problem solving and creativity. Once your 10-year-old has mastered the secrets of Minecraft such as brewing potions and conquering the Nether – they will learn how to Mod a variety of different items that will take their Minecraft skills way beyond the basics.

7. Scratch Coding

Whilst the theory and logic of coding has remained the same for decades, methods have evolved significantly. These coding classes are ideal for kids who are new to coding. Scratch is a fantastic visual-based coding editor which enables children to create fun animations, interactive stories, games, sounds and much more! It’s the perfect introduction to coding and computational thinking that makes coding for kids seriously fun!

After school coding lessons for 10-year olds

As well as our holiday classes we’ve already listed, we also offer expert tuition during term time. The classes below can put your child on a path to taking a GCSE or A Level early with us, as part of our computer science curriculum.

Often kids will start off with our TechStarter class, eventually moving onto the PureCoder levels. You can browse them all in our Tech Academy section.

Handy Hint: If you need any help in deciding what level of coding class is best for your 10-year-old please call us to speak to a helpful member of staff.

How do I teach my 10-year-old programming? 

If you want to get started immediately from home, then there are various apps, games, and techniques you can use to teach your 10-year-old programming. For example, there are plenty of resources on the FunTech blog which will steer you in the right direction:

We are biased of course, but we believe that the best way to teach a 10-year-old programming is in a structured learning environment. We have options for online term-time coding lessons or virtual camps that run during the school holidays.

Coding apps or games for 10-year olds

Encourage your child’s passion for coding with some of the apps that are perfectly suited to help learn coding as 10-year olds. Your child can learn to hone their programming skills from the comfort of your own home.

1. Piper Coding Minecraft Edition

This is a hands-on learning experience which lets 10-year olds learn, coding, computer science, and electronics while building and using a fully functioning computer. Assemble the computer’s hardware using the Piper Computer Kit’s engineering blueprint.

2. Kodable

This free download on the iPhone and iPad helps teach 10-year-olds the basics of coding procedures with simple to understand lessons. Your child can design games, build characters, learn about object-oriented programming, and start using Javascript.

The apps and games above could be quite basic for your 10-year-old depending on how much experience they already have.

This is why we believe that once kids hit this age, coding for 10-year olds is best suited to an online classroom environment such as the lessons available with FunTech.

If you would like to discuss the options available, or have any questions about our classes and camps, please get in touch with our friendly team.

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