Exploring new computing topics

Introductory presentations and handy reference guides for new topics in computing lessons

Tes Resources Team

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Tackle new topics with these straightforward introductions and handy reference guides

First lessons set the tone for the rest of the topic and can have a huge impact upon students’ interest, engagement and understanding. To make sure that your classes are ready to get stuck in, we’ve gathered a selection of clear introductory presentations and supportive reference guides to help you deliver effective opening sessions.

Introductory presentations

Use these comprehensive lesson presentations to introduce your students to binary numbers, web design, Python and algorithms.

What is Computational Thinking?

What is Computational Thinking?

A series of 6 classroom wall posters to promote the concept of computational thinking. Alongside the 4 parts of computational thinking (Decomposition, Pattern Recognition, Abstraction and Algorithm design), I have also included debugging which includes common errors (example syntax and logical). ...
Introduction to Binary Numbers

Introduction to Binary Numbers

First lesson in a scheme of work which looks at what binary and hexadecimal numbers are, how they are used by the computer and how text, images sound and video are represented by binary code. The lessons have been produced specifically for year 9 pupils but this one can serve as a good introducti...
Presentation - Introduction to Web Designing

Presentation - Introduction to Web Designing

This presentation can be used as a lesson to introduce web designing using HTML. At the end of the lesson students can do the task of creating a web page. You can keep checking this resource as I will update it as my lesson progresses
Computational Thinking Escape Room
Nichola Wilkin

Computational Thinking Escape Room

This highly interactive lesson that requires the pupils to work in teams and use computational thinking skills to solve a range of puzzles. This activity perfect for pupils about to learn Python programming and you want to show the importance of computational thinking skills. Your class need to ...

Guides and reference sheets

Use these printable introductions to networking, databases, algorithms and Python for your students to work through at their own pace or complete as home learning tasks. 

Introduction to Databases Activity Booklet

Introduction to Databases Activity Booklet

An activity booklet introducing students to databases and data handling. Includes an overview of the following: 1. Databases 2. Differences between a field, record and file 3. Data errors 4. Data types Comes complete with an answer key. A great accompaniment and support for the above resource: ...
Algorithms, an introduction

Algorithms, an introduction

This resource is for introducing algorithms and revising basic flowchart symbols. It gives a definition of an algorithm, examples in daily life, simple uses in computers and revises flowcharts. There is an activity on each page. This resource could be combined with a video starter and online resear...