About

The Plan

Opposite is the basic plan for the curriculum. It will change as time goes on, I will add more units (likely) and even more sections (less likely). I will refine it as I get more feedback, I may well publish a paperback version for all the sections but that is also for another day.

To get started I suggest that you either download the pdf and have a split screen on your computer or print it off so you have a paper copy. If I publish this in paperback form I will create a black/white version but for now the colours highlight the text and changes to the code as you work through the curriculum.

It is assumed that you start at the beginning and work your way through. This saves time repeating elements of the curriculum. There is no cost assuming you already have a computer, except where you get to the Robotics and Internet of Things, where that is unavoidable.

About Me

I have been a teacher for many years, Teaching Science and Technology at a High School in Derbyshire and then as a Primary teacher in various authorities across the North West. My degree was in Agricultural Engineering but my working experience has been mainly in education. More recently I have been helping to pastor a small church in Yorkshire as well as doing some life coaching in schools around the area. I now live in Devon. I have one wife, four children, three grandchildren and no pets.

I learned to code in my mid 50’s as a kind of hobby And it has grown to be more of a passion or obsession I’m not sure. I helped teach Computer Science at Harrogate Ladies College and ran coding classes at Harrogate Library and Barnstaple Library. All voluntary. There seem to a great hunger to understand what coding is especially from the adult population. This is what motivated me to start creating a curriculum that answered their question ‘what exactly is coding?’.

I have also helped at a Code Club and a CoderDojo club, as well as various other events and activities. So I am working on these areas of curriculum. With my latest interest in Artificial Intelligence being my main focus of learning, and it is quite a steep learning curve.

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