Captivating computing projects

Engaging projects and multi-lesson activities to consolidate key computing skills

Stephanie Burke

Computing, Python, Scratch, Projects

Hand-picked lesson activities and projects to keep computing students focused and engaged

Project-based work is guaranteed to keep pupils focused, invigorated and motivated, especially once revision and assessments are out of the way. If you are beginning to think of ways to engage your computing and ICT students once exams are over - or even looking for fresh ways to help them consolidate their knowledge and skills in independent study in the run-up to exams - we've got you covered. From schemes of work to multi-lesson activities, we've selected a range of creative resources to help inspire independent thought and critical thinking while practising key computer skills.

KS3 resources

Included in these resources are a couple of Python projects suitable for consolidating programming skills at KS3 level and an ICT project based around developing a theme park. If you are using Micro Bit with your classes, check out the board game project - KS3 students will love this! 

Python Y8 Project Lesson "FutureBot"
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Python Y8 Project Lesson "FutureBot"

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I made this as a Y8 consolidation lesson after they had learnt about if, elif, else, while and importing modules such as the random module. There is a Powerpoint to introduce the task, and then three differentiated worksheets where pupils create three different versions of a future predicting bot. M...
Python - Independent Challenges (Basic)
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Python - Independent Challenges (Basic)

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A short workbook which has a series of challenges which students can try to tackle independently after learning basic programming techniques. For each challenge, students are expected to draw a flowchart, write some pseudocode and then attempt to code it themselves. We print the booklets out an...
Microbit Board Game Project
Steve Hawes

Microbit Board Game Project

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This resource was used for Year 7 Computing following a unit involving learning about variables, selection, iteration and random number generation using the Microbit. They loved playing the game, especially as they helped to create it! The idea is to have them use the Microbit as part of the bo...

KS4 and post-16 resources

Here are some great resources if you are looking for engaging projects that will help to embed ICT or Python programming skills and understanding for KS4.