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Introduction to Algorithms

Introduction to Algorithms

This is my first lesson of a NEW set of resources I'm developing for Computer Science. The current lesson gives the students an introduction to the concept of algorithms looking at the following concepts: - Computational Thinking - Problem Solving - Abstraction - Decomposition The rest of the lessons for this topic will be completed for the weekend and this will aim to cover the rest of the key elements of the algorithm computer science topic looking at: - Pseudocode - Flow Charts - Sorting - Searching - Reading and writing algorithms. Thank you for taking a look at my resource and I hope this one and future resources aid in supporting you.
NextStepComputing
Computational Thinking and the Digital Competence Framework

Computational Thinking and the Digital Competence Framework

My latest poster shows how the understanding of Computational Thinking underpins all concepts of the Digital Competence Framework (DCF). I have given examples of how each concept can be applied to primary strands of the framework. Feel free to download and use as part of CPD sessions! ***Please leave a review!***
RobbotResources
Python Programming FULL COURSE

Python Programming FULL COURSE

This is a full unit of work for Python Software Development. There are 10 individual tasks for the students to complete, each of which take an average of 1 lesson to complete. Each task has several challenge activities to stretch students abilities and understanding and aims to get them independently learning. These activities again can be used to deepen comprehension and I use these as further lessons for students to develop their pseudocode writing skills etc. I have included a PPT file with the lessons objectives and aims, as well as the skills/area of coding covered by that particular task. Some of the tasks give the students some partially completed activities in Python, these are also included in a folder, as well as the fully working solutions to all of the activities. All in, this is a very thorough unit of work which will last anywhere from 10 - 30 lessons, depending how independent you want students to work, how long is spent designing plans for the program before implementing and how long is spent designing test tables and testing.
PaperAirplane
Y7 Computing Algorithms Unit

Y7 Computing Algorithms Unit

This is the unit of work I created to introduce my Y7 students to Algorithms, Problem Solving, Pseudocode and Computational Thinking. In the unit, there is the Activity Sheets which introduce: Grid References, Loops, Problem Solving, Trace Tables amongst others. The students trace code as it executes, keeping track of automated buses as they drive. Variables are brought in to track fuel, as well as booleans etc. This unit has been incredibly successful at boosting students understanding of developing and writing algorithms and when we move onto our units in Scratch coding / Python coding, they much better understand the terminiology All in, this can be 'rushed' in 6 lessons, or taking more time to delve into the Computing Acts can take it to 8 and beyond. With new GCSE and IGCSE courses covering some of the material, it is also something that could easily be expanded for students to undertake some of their own investigations into some relevant areas in AI etc.
PaperAirplane
Computing - Python Programming SOW

Computing - Python Programming SOW

A seven lesson scheme of work introducing programming techniques using Python. Concepts covered in the unit include: Values & Variables, Data Types, Sequence, Selection and Iteration. Included are all containing all teaching materials: PowerPoint presentations, class activities, homeworks, programming activities (python solutions for teachers) and end of unit assessment.
HeatonMoorDigital
KS2 / KS3 Scratch superunit - introduction and follow-up unit

KS2 / KS3 Scratch superunit - introduction and follow-up unit

This bundle contains two units of work for Scratch, including at least 14 lessons in total (some may take longer, depending on programming speed). It can be broken down into two units, or potentially completed in one go. I have completed these with the same students over two years - the introductory unit in Y5 and then the second unit in Y6. However, this could be used with older children with little Scratch experience. The lessons conatined are as follows: Unit 1 Introduction to Scratch - algorithms Joke - sequencing Disco - sequencing / iteration Etch-a-sketch - controlling sprites Maze - Selection / iteration Assessment Unit 2 Flowcharts - algorithms Chatbot - sequencing / selection Scrolling maze - variables Falling fruit - indefinite iteration / variables Breakout - Variables / subroutines Rock, Paper, Scissors - Definite iteration / subroutines Assessment
MrHawes8
KS2 / KS3 Scratch intermediate unit

KS2 / KS3 Scratch intermediate unit

This unit is designed to be used after the initial Scratch unit, and contains lessons on flowcharts, sequencing, selection, iteration, variables and subroutines. The games that will be made through this unit include: A chatbot A scrolling maze Falling Fruit game Breakout Rock, paper, scissors Following the flowcharts lesson, the students will complete the other lessons to create the above programs, and then finish with an assessment. The assessment says Y6 at the top as this was the year group I have used it with, but that is because my Y5s completed the introductory unit and so moved onto this in Y6. However, this could be used for KS2 or KS3, depending on programming and Scratch experience.
MrHawes8
KS2 / KS3 Scratch Assessment

KS2 / KS3 Scratch Assessment

This assessment is similar but more advanced than the introductory Scratch unit assessment in my shop, and includes questions on subroutines and variables as well as algorithms, sequencing, selection and iteration. This is aimed at students who have completed two units of Scratch.
MrHawes8
KS2 / KS3 Rock paper scissors tutorial - subroutines

KS2 / KS3 Rock paper scissors tutorial - subroutines

This lesson is for students who have completed the introductory unit of Scratch, or have other experience in Scratch or other programming languages. The lesson focuses on creating a game using subroutines, and includes a presentation which introduces the task, the complete code for demonstration purposes and starter code for the students. There is also a tutorial for the students to complete the creation of the game following the demonstration.
MrHawes8
KS2 / KS3 Scratch Breakout Game - subroutines

KS2 / KS3 Scratch Breakout Game - subroutines

This resource is for students who have experience in Scratch or other programming languages, including those who have completed the introductory unit of Scratch. The resource contains a powerpoint presentation to introduce subroutines, and a tutorial for students to create the game. It also includes the full game for demonstration and debugging purposes.
MrHawes8