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Control for Key Stage 2.  Resource 2 of 6.  Crumble and Crumble Playground

Control for Key Stage 2. Resource 2 of 6. Crumble and Crumble Playground

This is for Generalist Primary School Teachers to use with their classes. It's great fun. Our pupils love it! Teachers can use it to learn quickly - included are some easy to follow getting started read-me pdfs All 'Pupil Playground' files are designed to be used 'on-screen' along with the very easy to use 'Scratch' inspired control software. The pdf is fully hyperlinked with lots of easy to follow instructions and tasks which become more challenging. (The Crumble Software is free from 4tronix and others. It does more than Scratch does with physical things!) I'm not sure how to describe this resource! It's way more than 1 lesson but not a half term's work. The whole set provides a series of units which are plenty, with progression, from year 3 to year 6. Included is an example marking ladder which could be easily changed for your specific needs. The whole set fulfils all of the Control related aspects of the National Curriculum for Key Stage 2 - it doesn't cover all of 'Computing'. In more detail, it provides tons of engaging experience of three statements of 'Computing' with parts of the fifth. Also one of 'Design and Technology'. See the file 'Computing and Control in KS2 NC Match Up'. https://www.tes.com/member/SkyTeacher

By MountainSkyTeacher

Activities for Introducing Spreadsheets

Activities for Introducing Spreadsheets

After lots of requests it’s finally here - a collection of 10 activities to help introduce children to entering formulae into spreadsheets. Starts at the basics of cell referencing and using simple formulae, moving onto more complex formulae (e.g. SUM, MIN, MAX, AVERAGE) and ending with some modelling problems and maths investigations for children to complete. I WOULD LOVE TO READ ANY FEEDBACK / COMMENTS YOU HAVE :-) Topics also included: Interpreting data.

By Simon_H

Coding and Algorithm Activity Cards Bundle

Coding and Algorithm Activity Cards Bundle

This bundle provides a great opportunity for students to have fun whilst learning the fundamentals of coding and algorithms. When students use these action cards in an ‘Unplugged’ environment they are executing instructions socially and collaboratively using commands and concepts applicable to the real world and computer programming. Your students will love coding and creating algorithms by programming each other to undertake real world tasks in the classroom. They will continually collaborate to refine their code making it as efficient and effective as possible. Students will frequently, fail, revise and succeed using these cards building resilience and learning through trial and error. Most commonly students use these “action” cards to create instructions to follow as if they were a robot in pairs or teams. One as the coder and the other is the machine or device that must explicitly follow the instructions. Next, they can use these with real robotic and coding languages such as Sphero, Dash and Dot and Scratch to visualize and perform a set of actions before entering those instructions into the device. This package includes 10 challenges for students to begin straight away but they will begin creating challenges and missions in no time using just the room and resources in which they are located. Also include Boolean operator cards for students to explore how search engines operate.

By Innovativeteachingideas

Control for Computing KS2. Actually doing it!

Control for Computing KS2. Actually doing it!

This bundle contains a complete suite of carefully structured tasks for pupils aged 7 to 11. There is plenty for at least 12 lessons. Easily. (As a guide, the free starter resource has been used by one of our teachers for three lessons and it has not been exhausted - neither is the teacher!) It's all great fun and it works! Pupils frequently talk about it in the playground in the run up to lessons. Teachers will be able to target some for Years 3 and 4, others for Year 5 and 6. None of this stuff will stay dusty in a cupboard or be in practice used by only the most able. All abilities can use it and make good progress. There is plenty of scope for differentiation. See the resource description for each individual set for details. In brief, it takes pupils from 'turn a light on and off' to sequencing a rainbow pattern that moves, to having the McRoboFace respond to its surroundings, to controlling motor speed and direction in different ways. It contains 'on-screen' guides with starter coding using the Crumble Controller and its Playground from 4tronix. Our classes love it! Teachers love it too. 1) The Crumble Software is inspired by Scratch - and even easier to get started with. 2) There are no fiddly wiring problems, no slippery croc clips, just standard audio leads. See the cover photo - a motor with speed and direction control by two buttons - just four 'push-in' leads! A free sub-set of the lot is available for 'look and feel'. The cover photo on that shows the McRoboFace which pupils are excited by. This has great application also for teachers and classes wanting to learn effective coding and then using that with DT self build models.

By MountainSkyTeacher

Scratch

Scratch

Worksheet tasks to create a simple maze / track game using Scratch software. Used for late KS2, but could be used for early KS3. Used in a computer club with ten pupils. Took the average about 2 x 30 mins to complete. When completed a working track is created. The follow on to this is to ask reception / KS1 pupils to play the games and make comments on how they can be improved / made more easier / difficult. This gives soicial interaction with the two year groups.

By tonymitch

Introduction to Robot topic

Introduction to Robot topic

I did this with a Y4 group as an initial lesson designed to kickstart a Half term topic on 'Robots&' (linking to Ted Hughes The Iron Man/ use of programming - Scratch) The lesson plan and Prezi go hand in hand, with built in opportunties for partner talk, group discussion and comprehension activities based on video from http://www.literacyshed.com, with a design focus at the end. It will run for a couple of sessions and should produce work that could be used for display. Follow me on twitter @Mr_Rathe and visit my site www.rebelmouse.com/Mr_Rathe for ICT and Shakespeare teaching ideas.

By MrRathe

Microbit - "The Next Big Thing" unit (18 lessons with resources)

Microbit - "The Next Big Thing" unit (18 lessons with resources)

This is an 18 lesson unit of work around Microbits, combining programming using the online microbit interface and electronic components. The components I used were sourced from http://microbit-accessories.co.uk but you could make your own or source from elsewhere as well. Helpsheets are provided for each of the electronic components. The students each have a workbook for the whole unit divided into sections that can be easily marked by the teacher, with opportunity/space for student reflection and response. Students start off learning about microbit theory, i.e. safe handling (static) and polarity, inputs, outputs and programming structures IF statements and loops. They then need to design the "next big thing" - a device that solves a problem, using the microbit. They will need to produce a design brief and circuit diagram. Once they have built it, there is a lesson on gathering user feedback and evaluation. At the end of the unit, they have the opportunity to create a business pitch for their new device. This is a great end to the unit as each student/group gets to share their creation to the rest of the class, with prizes for the best entries (at teacher's discretion!) The course mainly links towards the D&T criteria (with reference to the relevant criteria at the end of each powerpoint) but could be used in Computing as well.

By jonmward

Control for Key Stage 2. Resource 4 of 6. Crumble and Crumble Playground

Control for Key Stage 2. Resource 4 of 6. Crumble and Crumble Playground

This is for Generalist Primary School Teachers to use with their classes. There are enough guided 'hands-on' Computer Control activities here to keep pupils engaged for several lessons. Each has clear instructions with clear photos and examples of code. For a good look (free!) download 'Pupils Playground 1' - which is identical in look and feel. It builds on the earlier Playgrounds. In this one, pupils can choose from a range of coding tasks with increasing challenge. The final one really is an exacting task - but they will learn some great coding tricks! See the 'Playground Overview' for free in 'Playground 1'. All 'Pupil Playground' files are designed to be used 'on-screen' along with the very easy to use 'Scratch' inspired control software. The pdf is fully hyperlinked with lots of easy to follow instructions and tasks which become more challenging. (The Crumble Software is free from 4tronix and others. It does more than Scratch does with physical things!) I'm not sure how to describe this resource! It's more than 1 lesson but not 4 lessons. The whole set provides a series of units, bursting with 'hands-on' activities, which are plenty, with progression, from year 3 to year 6. Included is an example marking ladder which could be easily changed for your specific needs. The whole set fulfils all of the Control related aspects of the National Curriculum for Key Stage 2 - it doesn't cover all of 'Computing'. In more detail, it provides tons of engaging experience of three statements of 'Computing' with parts of the fifth. Also one of 'Design and Technology'. See the file 'Computing and Control in KS2 NC Match Up'. Included is an example of how our school stores each of the kits of 4tronix stuff. https://www.tes.com/member/SkyTeacher

By MountainSkyTeacher

Control for Key Stage 2. Resource 3 of 6. Crumble and Crumble Playground

Control for Key Stage 2. Resource 3 of 6. Crumble and Crumble Playground

This is for Generalist Primary School Teachers to use with their classes. This builds on Playgrounds 1 and 2. All 'Pupil Playground' files are designed to be used 'on-screen' along with the very easy to use 'Scratch' inspired control software. The pdf is fully hyperlinked with lots of easy to follow instructions and tasks which become more challenging. (The Crumble Software is free from 4tronix and others. It does more than Scratch does with physical things!) I'm not sure how to describe this resource! It's way more than 1 lesson but not a half term's work. The whole set provides a series of units which are plenty, with progression, from year 3 to year 6. Included is an example marking ladder which could be easily changed for your specific needs. The whole set fulfils all of the Control related aspects of the National Curriculum for Key Stage 2 - it doesn't cover all of 'Computing'. In more detail, it provides tons of engaging experience of three statements of 'Computing' with parts of the fifth. Also one of 'Design and Technology'. See the file 'Computing and Control in KS2 NC Match Up'. https://www.tes.com/member/SkyTeacher

By MountainSkyTeacher

Control for Key Stage 2. Resource 6 of 6. Controlling a Motor.  Crumble and Crumble Playground.

Control for Key Stage 2. Resource 6 of 6. Controlling a Motor. Crumble and Crumble Playground.

This is for Generalist Primary School Teachers to use with their classes. There are enough guided 'hands-on' Computer Control activities here to keep pupils engaged for one to three lessons. Each has clear instructions with good photos and examples of code. For a good look (free!) download 'Pupils Playground 1' - which is identical in look and feel. It builds on the earlier Playgrounds. It can be used before Playground 5. In this one, pupils are introduced to the 'Motor Gizmo'. The coding tasks are quite different from the other Playgrounds. Pupils are first shown how to control a motor using two buttons. Then they are shown how to do it with one. These skills are then combined with others learned earlier in a couple of challenges. See the 'Playground Overview' for free in 'Playground 1'. All 'Pupil Playground' files are designed to be used 'on-screen' along with the very easy to use 'Scratch' inspired control software. The pdf is fully hyperlinked with lots of easy to follow instructions and tasks which become more challenging. (The Crumble Software is free from 4tronix and others. It does more than Scratch does with physical things!) I'm not sure how to describe this resource! It's more than 1 lesson, possibly 3 - depending on variation of task the teacher challenges pupils with. The whole set provides a series of units, bursting with 'hands-on' activities, which are plenty, with progression, from year 3 to year 6. Included is an example marking ladder which could be easily changed for your specific needs. The whole set fulfils all of the Control related aspects of the National Curriculum for Key Stage 2 - it doesn't cover all of 'Computing'. In more detail, it provides tons of engaging experience of three statements of 'Computing' with parts of the fifth. Also one of 'Design and Technology'. See the file 'Computing and Control in KS2 NC Match Up'. Included is an example of how our school stores each of the kits of 4tronix stuff. https://www.tes.com/member/SkyTeacher

By MountainSkyTeacher