Coding is no longer just a hobby for kids in Ontario. It’s now part of their curriculum. Ontario schools have seen the importance of teaching coding to children and have now made it part of their everyday lessons.

What does this mean for kids? It means that kids get all of the benefits of learning to code in the classroom.

What does this mean for teachers? It means that teachers need to learn more about the exciting world of coding and MakerKids is going to help them do just that. We now offer Professional Development for Teachers. Our coding workshops are an excellent way for teachers to support the curriculum needs of the school. 

We’re going to take a closer look at what these curriculum needs are and how MakerKids is helping to bridge the gap for teachers who need some support.

What is the New Coding Curriculum for Ontario Schools?

The new curriculum for Ontario schools emphasizes coding at different grade levels. Here’s what students can expect:

  • Grades 1-3

Clear & precise instructions for algorithms, decomposing problems, and testing as well as debugging solutions.

  •  Grades 4-6

Learning input, storage, processing, and output

  • Grades 7-8

Focuses on project management and program design as well as controlling large systems in action.

If your child is new to coding, they’ll learn a great deal with the new curriculum. If they are already familiar with languages like Python, Java, and JavaScript, they’ll have a good base and be a few steps ahead.

Professional Development for Teachers at MakerKids

At MakerKids, we understand that not all teachers may be well-versed in coding. But now that it is part of the curriculum, there’s no time like the present to dive right in. We have developed teacher workshops to support the curriculum needs of schools. Teachers can gain teaching tools and learn about the methodology behind the curriculum. 

Our workshops are taught by our experienced team members at MakerKids. We will make the lesson exciting and easy to learn so that you can pass the information along to your students.

What do Students Learn in Coding Classes at MakerKids?

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There are many reasons why coding has been added to the Ontario curriculum. The lessons students learn in coding classes go well beyond actual coding skills.

Creative Thinking

Coding classes encourage kids to be creative. They can make their ideas come to life as they try out different inventions.


Students also learn how to solve problems when their coding projects may not come out 100% on the first try. They need to learn how to break down the problems and anticipate potential errors. These are skills they can use their entire lives.


When kids learn how to code, they learn how to design new applications, automate tasks, and develop innovative solutions.

Learn More About Coding Workshops & Classes at MakerKids

If you’re a teacher and want to learn more about coding now that it is part of the Ontario curriculum, we can help. Inquire about one of our coding workshops and get started!

Also, if your child is interested in taking coding classes outside of the classroom, MakerKids can help. We offer online classes for kids and group them according to their age groups. Children in grades 3-5 are together, and those in grades 6-8 are grouped together. Call us today at 416-385-3577 or visit us online for more information and to book a trial class. 

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