The Intermediate Python Course

Tomorrow sees the launch of the intermediate Python course at Bishop Wordsworth’s School. This is aimed at pupils who participated in the previous introductory courses and would like to develop their coding skills further. I’m very much looking forward to seeing a few familiar faces again as we get stuck into a couple challenging but creative coding projects.

Library Coding Club

The third session of the monthly coding club at Salisbury library took place yesterday and it proved a great deal of fun. First Coding taught the children how to make their own games and hopefully left them with ideas and an interest to keep coding throughout the rest of the Easter holidays. It was nice to involve some of the parents too.

Digital Drinks

Thank you to everyone who came over to say hi at last night’s Digital Drinks event in Salisbury. There was a great deal of interest in First Coding’s courses and app design workshops and it was a lot of fun showing off projects from past pupils.

Young Coders’ Course

** NEW FOR 2019 – NOW INCLUDES LEARNING TO CODE WITH MINECRAFT **

First Coding will be running its popular Young Coders’ course once again! Ideal for children aged between 7 and 10 years with an interest in computers and games, pupils will learn how to create colourful and amusing animations and build fun interactive programs, all whilst learning important concepts and gaining confidence in computer programming via the popular game of Minecraft and through the visual language of Scratch.

The cost of the course is £75 and starts on Saturday 2nd February between 2pm-3pm, running for four weeks.

For more information regarding the course, please check out the website: http://www.firstcoding.co.uk/young-coders-course/

Cipher Competition

Calling all budding spies! This half term at Leehurst Swan School we’ll be running the coding club as per usual. However, after towards the end of the sessions pupils will get the chance to enter their project into a competition to win prizes. The theme of the lessons is all based around ciphers, learning how to write programs that will encrypt and decrypt secret messages.

These sessions run for five weeks, starting this Thursday after school. There are still a few places available, so if you know of a pupil who would like to participate in this lessons and competition then drop us a line.

Christmas Competition Winners

Here are a couple of winners from the Christmas Python coding competition I ran this month in one of the schools here in Salisbury. Each pupil had a couple of sessions with me as we covered the basics and got them building a basic personal assistant bot. They were then encouraged to run with the project in their own time which they did in their own brilliant way. With over 60 pupils signing up, judging was a really difficult task. Below are a couple of winners, just hit the play button to run the code and have a play.

A great Choose Your Own Adventure game:

A tricky Complete The Star Wars Quote game:

Happy Birthday First Coding!

First Coding is officially a year old! The last twelve months have seen over 150 places booked with First Coding and I can honestly say it’s been a delight working with you all. Now that First Coding is providing coding clubs to schools in the area, I’m very much looking forward to the year ahead and seeing what fabulous creations come out of 2019! You can read more about this important milestone in the newsletter here.

I really must give huge thank you to all of the parents and carers out there. Your support has been invaluable. From encouraging your children to get involved, to spreading the word about First Coding, I really appreciate all your support!

Southampton Coding Workshops

Our creative coding workshops are coming to the Southampton area this October! First Coding will be running our popular Scratch game building workshop on Saturday 27th October at The Pavilion on the Park, Eastleigh, SO50 9LH.

A task will be set (based around a treasure hunting problem) and with guidance and help, pupils will build their solutions before going head-to-head at the end of the session to win a prize.

To book a place on the workshop please email: hello@firstcoding.co.uk

Southampton Coding Workshop