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Primary Computing - Understanding Pattern Recognition - Scratch Project

Primary Computing - Understanding Pattern Recognition - Scratch Project

First, familiarise yourself with the terms Pattern Recognition and Decomposition, by watching Part 5 of “Delve in, for twelve min!” (Video linked above). Give the children the ‘Pattern Recognition’ scratch project. Children have to find different ways to reduce the amount of code that is repeated. I’ve included 3 different solutions; Broadcast (Not always the best solution, please see Part 6 of “Delve in, for twelve min!” on ‘concurrency and dependency’ ) Make a Block function (more advanced when you include number input) Using Make a block, selection and repetition (You can see how much smoother the code runs straight away) Please let me know how you get on! Cheers Phil Wickins
PhilWickins
Cosmopolitan Coding - Fun INSET Introduction to Coding

Cosmopolitan Coding - Fun INSET Introduction to Coding

Many teachers were never taught the coding and computer science elements of the new curriculum themselves. This introductory activity helps teachers understand the simplicity of using algorithms as instructions to complete tasks. Teachers will learn: Algorithms and how these are simple instructions Syntax and how this is simply known action in new language Problem solving and debugging code Testing code to see if it works Teachers love this INSET introduction!
EuphoricEd
KS3 Computational Thinking Project - Practical Problem Solving (Full Unit of Work)

KS3 Computational Thinking Project - Practical Problem Solving (Full Unit of Work)

**KS3 Computational Thinking Project - Practical Problem Solving (Full Unit of Work) ** This project is designed to either introduce computational thinking skills or to supplement and build on knowledge and skills already acquired. It is suggested that the student booklet is used in conjunction with the associated presentation through all of the lessons. The project has been designed so that is hands-on and practical. The suggested time frame from start to finish of the project is approximately 6-8 lessons, depending on what additional aspects the teacher wishes to introduce during the project. Students are asked to create a stationery holder using everyday objects. The problem has to be approached and solved using computational thinking skills. The project can be approached from a totally ‘unplugged’ pedagogy. No computers required! The resource consists of: a) A student booklet. This can be printed as an A4 or A5 booklet. b) A student booklet containing examplar responses. Also contains extension / homework tasks. c) A PowerPoint presentation for use in lessons to guide students and the teacher. Many of the slides have accompanying ‘speaker notes’ with ideas and suggestions for lessons.
conxxion
Computing Design/Algorithm pro-formas (PDF and editable Word docx)

Computing Design/Algorithm pro-formas (PDF and editable Word docx)

As described in my “Delve in, for twelve min!” video CPD, these are example pro-formas to give pupils to design their computing projects. These could be Scratch projects; animations, games, quizzes etc. The design process, which is largely missed in computing, forms an essential part of a coding project, and also provides many benefits in terms of AFL. Please use in conjunction with the training video, and also check out the entire “Delve in, for twelve min!” series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3kA-gpaSB2a6Vfdq04rGt5xcKQg8FG8x
PhilWickins
Computational Thinking Starter Quiz

Computational Thinking Starter Quiz

The following quiz is based upon the four parts of Computational Thinking: Decomposition, Abstraction, Pattern Recognition and Algorithm Design. The quiz includes 8 questions including definitions and scenarios to test your students understanding of Computational Thinking. Ideal to use as either a starter or plenary! Give students a mini white board and marker pen for instant feedback! Also includes a Computational Thinking Recap slide prior to the quiz itself. Please leave a review!
RobbotResources
Computational Thinking Poster: Humanities

Computational Thinking Poster: Humanities

Download my poster which includes example task ideas on how to apply computational thinking problem solving skills to the humanities. Example tasks are included for History, Geography and PRE lessons. 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! Update: High Resolution 2560x1440 in both PNG & JPEG Please leave a review!!!
RobbotResources
tkinterTutor - learn how to develop  fully functioning tkinter windows

tkinterTutor - learn how to develop fully functioning tkinter windows

I wrote tkinterTutor for my Python class who were struggling to get tkinter working properly. Whilst tkinter is an excellent GUI (Graphical User Interface) module for developing Windows-based screens in Python, it can be a bit finicky and time-consuming. tkinterTutor consists of a 37-page PDF document that demonstrates how to use common tkinter widgets, and 19 fully-functioning stand-alone tkinter programs. The PDF document links to the tkinter programs so that you can quickly open the programs and see how exactly to use each widget. tkinter’s geometry managers (pack, grid, and place) are also covered; how to use each one, when to each one, etc. Here’s the table of contents… Table of Contents Welcome to tkinterTutor 1 Introduction to tkinterTutor: 3 Basic Structure: 5 Frame with Label: 6 tkinter Widget Attributes: 8 Generic Fonts: 9 tkinter Geometry Managers: 10 The Pack Geometry Manager: 11 The Grid Geometry Manager: 12 The Place Geometry Manager: 14 Frame with Image: 15 Frame with Entry Widget: 17 Putting It All Together: 20 Fully Functioning tkinter Screen: 21 Menus and Sub-Menus: 22 Scrolling Text Box: 25 Screen Messages: 27 Message Widget: 28 Read a Text File: 30 Check Buttons: 31 Radio Button: 33 ComboBox: 34 LabelFrame: 35 Listbox: 36 Spinbox: 37 Sliding Bar: 38
mikem001
Scratch Exercises for computational thinking

Scratch Exercises for computational thinking

Build students ability to make independent progress and think computationally with a range of programming skills using scratch. Students will learn vital keywords required as fundamental building block for computer science GCSE. Each exercise is independent of each other. Challenges range from simple to difficult and students are encouraged to consider and compare alternative solutions. Solutions for each challenge is provided, easy to follow and understand even for a non specialist teacher. This series of exercises is targeted at KS3 students, although KS4 students will also benefit from it as a revision tool for GCSE computer science. It is strongly advised that these exercises are used after students are taught fundamental skills from algorithms in scratch series.
chris_vidal
Free Valentines Coding Lesson Plan & Resources

Free Valentines Coding Lesson Plan & Resources

Computing lesson plan & associated resources for KS2 children programming cupid to fire his arrow at a love interest! Step-by-step lesson plan, support materials and pre-written Scratch program template. More free primary computing lessons and resources available at
iCompute
Computational thinking- abstraction, decomposition, algorithmic thinking worksheet

Computational thinking- abstraction, decomposition, algorithmic thinking worksheet

Computational thinking Students will enjoy learning how to: Define abstraction, decomposition, algorithm Perform abstraction- Pizza and concert tasks Decompose a real life problem Decompose an algorithm designed for a robot Through the engaging tasks included on the 8 paged worksheet students can take ownership of their learning with protection from unintentional editing and a reflection space with guidance included. Objectives utilise blooms taxonomy and provide students with a checklist. Stretch tasks are included to challenge more able students. Excellent 2 lesson main resource for KS3 or KS4 algorithms unit for an IT/ICT/Computing curriculum. Complete time approximately 1.5-2 (60 min) lessons.
vubashir
Abstraction resources for computing KS3

Abstraction resources for computing KS3

A fantastic set of resources. Abstraction is one of those topics where teachers may need a little extra help. Here are three resources that cut through what abstraction is and how students can really get to grips with this concept.
studeapps