Supportive resources for computing students

Resources team
13th August 2019

Knowledge organisers, literacy mats and glossaries to help pupils to demonstrate their subject knowledge 

Computing topics can include complex concepts and vocabulary, which can be difficult to absorb and even harder for students to explain to others, especially the examiner. With this in mind, we've gathered a selection of resources to support learners in mastering essential topics and to provide them with tools to encourage their writing skills and give them confidence in assessments and exams.

Revision aids

Have a look at these resources to find quick and easy ways to support pupils with learning and using vocabulary, facts and content for assessments and exams.

GCSE ICT Terminology Glossary Literacy Wordsearch

GCSE ICT Terminology Glossary Literacy Wordsearch
By gwhiting7

The Vocabulary of Computational Thinking

Computational thinking is full of complicated words. This poster was created to help students pronounce the four elements of computational thinking (Decomposition, Pattern Recognition, Abstraction and Algorithmic Design) phonetically.

I have included both PNG and JPEG versions.

Update: High Resolution 2560x1440 in both PNG & JPEG

Computational Thinking is a skill set that can be used across the curriculum, not just within computer science! The logical approach to solving a problem means that it’s application can be used to develop and improve students ability to deal with difficult problems in a more rational way. The aim of my posters is to make you realise that many of the brilliant tasks that teachers facilitate week in, week out actually include computational thinking. It’s just a matter of making it more explicit!

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By RobbotResources

Computer Crime & Cyber Security KS3 Computer Science Knowledge Organiser

Editable and extendable, the Computer Crime and Cyber Security KS3 Computer Science Knowledge Organiser (KO) covers computing concepts on this topic. Informative and pictorial, this KO will engage your students instantly.

This KO is an essential summary of knowledge that your students will cover on this specific topic in your lessons usually over a period of a few weeks. The KOs are distributed to students at the beginning of a series of lessons on a topic and are then used as an overview of knowledge in a variety of ways for homework and class activities. Practical tips on how to use KOs:

• The students are memorising accurate vocabulary terms using the Key Vocabulary section
• The students are answering questions on the content of a Knowledge Organiser
• The students are recreating from memory diagrams from the Knowledge Organisers

Purchasing this resource will save you a considerable amount of time. This resource is easy to edit and extend, so that you can tailor it to the specific requirements of your curricula.

By ComputerScienceResources

CS Knowledge Organisers - Software

This is part of my Knowledge Organiser set for Computer Science. This part focuses on Software and key CS concerns.

The amount of content that students are required to learn within Computing is vast the following document is all of the knowledge organisers I have developed for my students linked to the Computer Systems paper for computing. This document can be used for any specification to support students/teachers through the computing topics.

The topics covered within this document are:

System Software
Computing Concerns and Impact on society

This document can be used in many different ways some examples are below:

Student led revision
Topic summary
Lesson activities/resources
Teacher resource

Thanks for your time.

By NextStepComputing

Programming core concepts flashcards

A set of flashcards for students to use to revise key programming terminology.

I created these for my GCSE students, so that they would be clear on key terms. These cards help them remember the core ideas, which helps them program and discuss their programming.

By DanielKeefe


200 colourful flashcards of ICT words to print

•Each flash card has a computing term on and a brief description.
•Words are suitable for key stage 2 to key stage 4.
•Size half A4 landscape per card.
•Colourful and bright cards sent to you on cd for you to print time and time again.
•These cards can be printed full size or smaller for each pupil, for revision and also make a great display around the classroom or halls.
•Adjust your printer settings to print smaller (select print 2 pages per page etc), or photocopy larger.
•Select just a few of these cards to highlight the key words for todays lesson or print them all to keep around for every day learning.
By ReachOut Resources

MicroBit Help Sheet (for MicroPython)

A help sheet to be used as a MicroPython command reference by students engaging in independent work with the MicroBit.
Most basic MicroPython commands and statements for KS3 are listed, in a visual format not dissimilar to Scratch, so KS3 students can be nudged to relate the two ("it's basically choosing the right commands and putting them in the correct order, you just have to type them instead of dragging them").
By CompuTeach

Networks end of unit Test (GCSE Computer Science and KS3 Computing)

This is a written test about computer networks.

It includes questions about LANs, the internet and the world wide web, network hardware, network topologies, data packets, MAC and IP addresses, network security and cloud storage.

Useful revision tool to help GCSE pupils recognise gaps in their knowledge.

Suitable for GCSE Computer Science classes and KS3 Computing classes.

By nwilkin

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