Innovative revision lessons for computing

Stephanie Burke
12th March 2019
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Resources to propel your students towards efficient and successful revision

It’s that time of year again when the task of prepping your classes for those all-important upcoming exams becomes a key part of every lesson. However, recapping topics doesn’t have to be dull.

We’ve hand-picked a selection of lessons, activities and challenges, designed to make GCSE revision productive and engaging.

GCSE revision resources

Explore this detailed collection of revision resources, hand-picked for their effectiveness in aiding efficient independent study. You can also use these as engaging classroom activities to help your students recap key computing and ICT content.

Edexcel ICT GCSE Revision Lessons

These are designed for the last 8 lessons which are to cover the whole course in time for the exam.

I have not finished them as I am creating as I go along so will add more in due course.

I thought they would be useful since exam season is upon us!

They are all based on the Edexcel Revision Guide, orange book and past papers.
By Sumantha (Dutta) McMahon

GCSE 9-1 Computer Science: Flash Revision Activities

This versatile resources is aimed to develop your GCSE Computer Science retrieval skills and practice a range of fundamental skills which consistently appear within GCSE Computer Science exams. This resource is an ideal revision activity and includes a pack of 10 activity sheets within both PowerPoint and PDF format.

I have included three different versions:
Student pack - activity sheets only
Teacher pack - answers (with explanations) only
Student self assessment pack - both activity and answers

Skills covered include:
ASCII conversion
Understanding binary and hexadecimal values
Binary, denary and hexadecimal conversion
Huffman coding
Binary addition
Memory size conversions

These activities can be used as classroom starters, homework or as main classroom activities.

It is recommended that these activities are used to practice and assess students ability to perform these skills, not as an introduction.

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By RobbotResources

GCSE Networking Revision Game Mat

I use these at the end of topics, I ask students to write a short program to simulate a die roll (or you could use actual dice!). The first roll is the column the second is the row and they have to answer the question. If their team are happy with their answer they gain the amount of points if not they need to work on an answer together.
By katyteague

Algorithms Revision

This visually appealing knowledge organiser helps pupils revise the algorithm section of the GCSE in Computer Science. Written originally for OCR Computer Science (J276), it is also suitable for helping pupils revise for other exam boards.

One PDF document contains the knowledge organiser and the second PDF document includes tips of revision techniques allowing pupils to pick a technique they prefer. Once they have revised the topic, they can attempt the 2 part 6 mark exam practice question on the second sheet and mark it themselves using the mark scheme included.

This resource makes an ideal homework task, can be used as part of a lesson or given to pupils to help them with their exam revision.

Covers:

  • Computational thinking
  • Abstraction
  • Decomposition
  • Algorithmic thinking
  • Binary search
  • Linear search
  • Bubble sort
  • Merge sort
  • Insertion sort
  • Pseudocode
  • Flow diagrams

For a high-quality PDF student workbook on algorithms that includes detailed theory, tasks and the answers visit https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/algorithms-11951137

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By nwilkin

GCSE ICT Chunking Revision Prompts

I have used 'chunking' as a revision method for a long period of time in order to get students to 'learn and remember' the key terminology that needs to be recalled during examinations. Chunking is the process of breaking up large pieces of information in to smaller chunks and I use it over a short period of time, to get students to concentrate on the recall of keywords right before their examination periods.

The attachment is used over the last two weeks of examination preparation - students are given one page to learn and recall over a two day period. I then used diagnostic tools to test the students ability to recall the information given a variety of different stimuli questions.

Used in conjunction with the mind maps (found on TES), these compact the information that students struggle to retain from the mind map framework.
By Gary Whiting

GCSE Computer Science: Revision Clock

Revision clocks are a great way for students to develop retrieval practice in preperation for exam season! My students loved it and really engaged with it!

This resource contains two revision clocks for both paper 1 and paper 2 topics for the AQA GCSE Computer Science specification as well as instructions to support their use.

Note: it is recommended that the posters are printed out on A3 paper for best effect.

By RobbotResources

GCSE Computer Science Revision Quiz

50 Question multiple choice revision quiz for GCSE Computer Science. Ideal class activity testing knowledge and understanding of content from different parts of the specification. Suitable for students who have completed or nearly completed the course as part of a revision lesson and helps with developing memory recall skills. Fully editable with ‘Ask me’ to give all students opportunities to answer.
The quiz makes use of a 15 second timer to encourage quick thinking and improve speed of knowledge recall, after which the question is covered, only leaving the possible answers. Incorrect answers chosen are highlighted red to provide instant feedback to the students during the quiz and allowing for opportunities to discuss the correct answer.
When playing the presentation, the quiz is navigated by on-screen buttons to encourage students to answer all questions rather than skipping through to ensure that they are familiar with these topics and consolidate their learning across the course. This also provides opportunities for students to identify areas of weakness where they need to focus their revision.

By jdlangford1

Code Breaking Lesson - GCSE Computer Science (Revision)

Save the NHS! This lesson is a revision lesson which prepares students for the Official OCR Sample Paper. There are 17 challenges that students have to undertake in order to stop a new version of the 'Wannacry' ransomware from spreading. Each challenge gives students a series of keys which eventually unlocks the kill switch in order to stop the virus from spreading further.

This lesson was recently graded as 'Outstanding' from SLT. The lesson contains starters, exam technique, differentiated objectives, group work, differentiated questions and an automated way of checking progress (edulastic).

There are 51 multiple choice differentiated challenges along with 3 exam style questions with mark schemes. These are all self made so can't be found anywhere else.
By aglasgow

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