[GCSE+IGCSE] Python Text Adventure Coding ChallengeQuick View

[GCSE+IGCSE] Python Text Adventure Coding Challenge

This is possibly my most favourite piece of work to do with the students. I do it as an end of year activity when they are a bit more confident with the material. We create a zombie survival text adventure game and I have recently updated it to include questions similar to what has been in the recent exam and in the exemplar exam What is covered Local and Global Variables Variable Types Input and Validation Conditional Loops Fixed Loops Arrays Subprogram calls (Functions, Procedures and Pre-defined) Libraries Complex conditions and selection Repetition and Iteration What is included Word document with instructions, task overview and more detail on the activity Student Starting Python file (in zip folder) Teacher completed exemplar file Answer document to questions
Scratch Programming Fractal Tree ActivityQuick View

Scratch Programming Fractal Tree Activity

One of the areas of the national curriculum that we should be introducing students to is RECURSION. This is an excellent activity to introduce that concept in a visual way with a simple task to create a fractal tree in Scratch programming. This activity I had a learning observation on. I had my students work in small groups to try and complete the main activity together. When they finished this, they were to research other fractal activities on-line and see what they could create. Students really enjoyed this activity at the end of the Scratch topic to introduce a very complex topic that is not part of GCSE, but that appears again at IB level and A level. I expect students to learn that recursion is a complex rule that simplifies programs, but is very difficult to understand and it is a function that uses itself to solve a problem.
[GCSE+IGCSE] Mini Project: PentathlonQuick View

[GCSE+IGCSE] Mini Project: Pentathlon

This is another of the mini projects that I get my students to complete in preparation for completing the coursework. Lesson Overview Depending on ability level, we start by completing flow charts and pseudocode to complete the design of the program. I sometimes prepare a complete one, but blank out some of the steps to give to my weaker students. Better students I will give blank designs to and somewhere in between for the other students. At end of this lesson, we look at how the code works In preparation for the next lesson, I get the students to watch the video as a homework task. The next lesson, the students complete the program using their pseudocode / flow charts completed in previous lesson. If they are still struggling, they can watch the video again in class time, as well as me able to wander around and help. Students who are better at coding will easily be able to add more functionality to this project Included Zipped file contains: 2 CSV files required for the project and the completed solution file (1 of the CSV files is the file writing part) Video Support of completing the solution Whilst this is mainly aimed at students, it would be useful PD for any Computer Science teachers who are still struggling to understand the complex programming side of the course What this teaches File Reading from CSV file File writing back to CSV file Storing Data in 2D arrays Functions/Procedures Parameter Passing Complex Functions (Finding Minimum algorithm using 2D arrays) Combining
Full unit of work on Computer StructureQuick View

Full unit of work on Computer Structure

Covers Fetch Execute Cycle Read Instruction Write Instruction Parts of the Processor Buses Clock Interrupt and non-maskable interrupt Addressable memory and associated calculations Registers, Cache and Main Memory Different types of RAM Measures of performance
Variety of Computer Science worksheetsQuick View

Variety of Computer Science worksheets

These are a bit dated looking, but still relevant. Have attached word files so they can be edited. Covers Binary Signed Bit Twos Complement Memory Size Conversion Graphics Calculations Floating Point Representation Binary Addition and Subtraction Binary Multiplication Hexadecimal
[GCSE + IGCSE] TCP/IP Revision TasksQuick View

[GCSE + IGCSE] TCP/IP Revision Tasks

A few of my revision activities bundled together which were previously listed separately which were highly downloaded. Fill in the blanks activity for students to complete (I have included my answers for this) Second activity as part of the revision to cut out and place the correct answers to correspond to how data is processed through the protocol stack
[GCSE+IGCSE] 2D Arrays introductory TaskQuick View

[GCSE+IGCSE] 2D Arrays introductory Task

Activity is written using standard pseudocode/python, so easy to change and update for any other programming language . Use this to introduce arrays and records and discuss the diffrences between them both - with python coding in mind, as well as the exam based pseudocode being different from Python Questions from the new curriculum on 2D array data manipulation
[GCSE + IGCSE] Computer Science Walkabout Talk About ActivityQuick View

[GCSE + IGCSE] Computer Science Walkabout Talk About Activity

A 20 question activity. STudents start at any point and read the question, they write their answer and then move to the sheet which has the correct answer and repeat. I complete this after the introductory part of our GCSE/IGCSE course. It covers: Binary Sound Representation Compression Image Representation A useful one lesson revision activity.
Python Problem Solving Algorithm and Coding Challenges [GCSE + IGCSE]Quick View

Python Problem Solving Algorithm and Coding Challenges [GCSE + IGCSE]

A series of 11 coding challenges for students. This is a unit of work that I complete once my students have seen the basics of coding and have used the Mathematical Operators in Python (MOD % / DIVISION // INTEGER DIVISION) There are a variety of logical puzzles to work through and solve. I have included the solutions to all problems (11 Python files in ZIP format (TES doesn’t support direct upload of .py files)) For this unit, I had students work in groups. For my students who were struggling, I prepared some files with the pseudocode already typed in, or I hand drew some flow charts for some differentiation. For many of these, it would be very easy to build on and challenge your top level students to make some of the challenges even more difficult.


This is all of my notes, plenary and starter questions, as well as research questions to cover all of the theory in Unit 4.4 for Edexcel. Is applicable for the other GCSE courses, but probably will want to double check that all areas are relevant.