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Python - Getting Started

Python - Getting Started

4 documents that include example Python code, tasks and programming challenges to complete to help students, NQTs and non-specialist teachers to learn the following Python programming skills: Input and print statements If statements For loops While loops Perfect for classroom activities, homework tasks and self-study. Answers are included.
nwilkin
Python For Loop Practical Challenges

Python For Loop Practical Challenges

A great 2 page handout for your pupils to practice For Loops in Python . Includes example code, a task to work out the output from the range function, a task to correct code and 4 practical challenges for them to practice writing for loops in Python code. It even includes a PDF containing the answers. Great for homework tasks, classroom activities or self-study.
nwilkin
Python Basics Practical Challenges

Python Basics Practical Challenges

A great 2 page handout for your pupils to practice Python basics. Includes example code, a tasks to read code, a task to correct code and 4 practical challenges for them to practice writing Python code. It even includes a PDF containing the answers. Great for homework tasks, classroom activities or self-study.
nwilkin
Scratch DIRT SHEET - Assessment

Scratch DIRT SHEET - Assessment

Created this DIRT sheet for my Year 8’s but can be used for any year group. SIMPLE TO FOLLOW Teacher can look through their scratch projects and tick the boxes the pupils have covered in their Project. Pupils can then reflect on their project and suggest improvements they could make.
LUKEB82
What is an ALGORITHM

What is an ALGORITHM

An introduction to algorithms using a flowchart with sequence, selection and iteration. The worksheet provided enables students to slow down their thinking to focus on each instruction in the algorithm until the last instruction is executed and the program ends.
chris_vidal
Kodu-Rhythm Lesson 3(An Introduction to coding using Kodu)

Kodu-Rhythm Lesson 3(An Introduction to coding using Kodu)

Kodu is a friendly graphical programming language where students can build their own world and program objects within. This series of lesson uses kodu to introduce computer science terminology such as algorithm and variables to develop computational thinking skills.
chris_vidal
Getting your head around while loop - ITERATION for beginners.

Getting your head around while loop - ITERATION for beginners.

Understanding variables and loops are the most significant aspects of coding. It is important for students in early stages to grasp the concept of how loops work if the are to be successful candidates for computer science. This power point presentation is a scaffold building fundamental steps required in understanding and applying loops using python. Students must already know how to use basic input and output functions in python. The language and terminology used is simple enough for a non specialist to use and teach a coder at beginner level. The python idle software is available to download for free at https://www.python.org/downloads/. After students have fully grasp the concept of loops and how they work, they extension task will provide a challenge for them to apply their knowledge, using computational thinking to improve their code.
chris_vidal
#GoogleExpeditions The Hydrosphere: Modeling the Water Cycle with Scratch

#GoogleExpeditions The Hydrosphere: Modeling the Water Cycle with Scratch

This lesson combines science and computer science as students explore the water cycle through an expedition in the hydrosphere and use the programming language Scratch to create their own model. Objectives: Students will discuss how all water moves through a never ending cycle identifying key points in all stages. Students will apply their understanding by creating a model of the water cycle in Scratch. Standards: ESS2C: The Role of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes 5-ESS2-1 MS-ESS2-4 CSTA 1B-AP-10: Create programs that include sequences, events, loops, and conditionals. CSTA 1B-AP-17: Describe choices made during program development using code comments, presentations, and demonstrations. Additional videos / resources: Crash Course Kids: The Great Aqua Adventure https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5G4NCwWUxY Google Expedition Research Journal https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cd-NZMmx4dwzMsWNOuBg8Y375_iDJm6G/view?usp=sharing Create your own Google Logo Activity https://csfirst.withgoogle.com/c/cs-first/en/create-your-own-google-logo/overview.html Scratch Project Rubric https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jxxNbEITs4SDxNjsl0fXoq-XRX3t2HpY6aRfL_iKDyk/edit?usp=sharing Optional/Additional Lesson Plans/Resources Hydrologic (Water) Cycle Multimedia Text Set https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vROakYmPuB2lMPONXbnF2kh28gPHC9EWM2ojZp7tvu9pFHUqgOjUFlb-URpx9w5zZnfCFf6qK28Wqht/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000 NASA Precipitation Education: Exploring the Water Cycle https://pmm.nasa.gov/education/lesson-plans/exploring-water-cycle
kdmoura
SCRATCH - making a game stage 2

SCRATCH - making a game stage 2

This PowerPoint has video descriptions of how to add features to a simple driving or maze navigation game. I used it with year 3 and made this to help the teachers who were not confident or familiar with SCRATCH themselves. They were able to play the pages and then get the children designing, making, innovating and debugging their games. It is a large file, so allow time for it to download.
NickAHutson
Kodu-Rythm Lesson 2(An Introduction to coding using Kodu)

Kodu-Rythm Lesson 2(An Introduction to coding using Kodu)

Kodu is a friendly graphical programming language where students can build their own world and program objects within. This series of lesson uses kodu to introduce computer science terminology such as algorithm and variables to develop computational thinking skills.
chris_vidal
Kodu-Rythm Lesson 1(An Introduction to coding using Kodu)

Kodu-Rythm Lesson 1(An Introduction to coding using Kodu)

Kodu is a friendly graphical programming language where students can build their own world and program objects within. This series of lesson uses kodu to introduce computer science terminology such as algorithm and variables to develop computational thinking skills.
chris_vidal
Introduction to algorithms

Introduction to algorithms

A gentle and friendly introduction to algorithms with a simple worksheet to enable students to develop computational thinking. Understanding how algorithms work and how they are used by computers is fundamental to achieving success in GCSE computer science. This lesson introduces KS2 and KS3 students to algorithms. This lesson could be used alongside the algorithms in scratch series.
chris_vidal
KS3 Computing - Cryptography Unit of Work - Lesson Presentations, Worksheets and Assessment

KS3 Computing - Cryptography Unit of Work - Lesson Presentations, Worksheets and Assessment

This is a whole unit of work that this aimed at KS3 - it covers all aspects of Cryptography that the students have absolutely loved doing and this has been uploaded to Google Classroom and made the whole unit very interactive. The work is split into Flight Paths and contains an assessment. All work has stretch and challenge extension tasks too. This is a really enjoyable unit of work for about 6 weeks.
cheekieclaire
SCRATCH -how to make a game, step by step

SCRATCH -how to make a game, step by step

A PowerPoint with step by step videos introducing a class (and teacher?) to the stages of making a very simple driving game. It was made to help teachers who are not confident about introducing SCRATCH coding to a class. Load and play a step at a time. It’s quite a big file so be patient. Also available, with planning etc from http:bit.ly/sjsresources
NickAHutson
Pseudo Code - Array and Multidimensional Array

Pseudo Code - Array and Multidimensional Array

This is a powerpoint which you can get part of a pack. It teaches you how to do a multidimensional array and shows examples of how they can be used to work out the range. Hope that it is useful to some other teachers.
r_chambers
OCR - 9-1 - Computer Pseudo worksheet questions

OCR - 9-1 - Computer Pseudo worksheet questions

This work sheet is a number of questions including extension activities that will get students to program pseudocode on paper. The first part of the work sheet includes some basic questions as well as some answers on an answer sheet. It should be some good practice for the basics of pseudo code. The extension questinos are more complicated and should be done on a separate sheet or work book as practice for the students.
r_chambers
Sequencing skills using iPads

Sequencing skills using iPads

This resource is aimed at teachers using iPads with students to provide ideas and inspiration for iPad activities in class. It’s suitable for all levels of teaching experience and digital skill, from new starters to experienced digital leaders. It can also be used as a general CPD resource for developing teaching skills, as the ideas suggested are not reliant on digital devices. Sequencing is an important thinking skill for students to develop. The first page of the resource provides the rationale for sequencing as a teaching concept and ideas to try out with suggested apps, along with differentiated levels of challenge for students to practise this skill. We’ve linked iOS apps but the ideas are adaptable to non-iOS / BYOD digital classrooms too. The second page provides some subject-specific ideas for lesson activities (our apologies if we’ve missed out your subject area!). We hope you’ll find some iPad teaching & learning inspiration here! About us: we’re developing a classroom app, Sparkjar, for use in iPad schools. We’ve made these free resources because we want to give something back to teachers whilst we raise the profile of Sparkjar. We hope you find them useful as part of your iPad teaching toolkit. There’s a link to our website in the resource - if you want to check us out, please do.
Sparkjarapp
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. The project allows students to be very creative when they move on to the development (making) section of the project. Expect to have lots of fun and engagement!
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
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
Crack the Binary Code – February Message (CS Unplugged)

Crack the Binary Code – February Message (CS Unplugged)

Teach your students how to encrypt and decrypt binary messages as well as understand binary code. This resource includes a hidden February themed message which students need to decrypt using the key (ASCII Table). Students are also given the option to write their own encrypted binary message. This is a perfect CS unplugged activity and can be used as an introduction to a lesson, for homework, for early finishers or even when you have no access to computers in the computer lab.
balsamgr8
Python Programming–Jumbled Code Task Cards (Beginner) Coding Unplugged Activity

Python Programming–Jumbled Code Task Cards (Beginner) Coding Unplugged Activity

This resource is a brilliant way to get students to begin coding in Python! A set of 12 different Jumbled Code Python Task Cards which can be cut out, laminated and distributed to students. Instructions: Students need to look at the code and read the English statements (pseudo code) in order to put the jumbled python code in the correct order. These have been brilliant in my classroom and I have used them for starter and review activities. I have even used these as an introduction to coding in Python. These task cards also test students understanding of the following programming concepts: 1) syntax errors 2) logical errors 3) variables 4) print() function 5) input() function 6) int() function 6) if statements 7) while loops 8) lists 9) sorting & reverse sorting data in lists. Each task card also allows you to question students further on their knowledge of Python i.e: • “why was the data type string and not integer?” • “what is the difference between the input() and print() functions?” • “why did we need to use the int() function?E • Etc… Python software can be downloaded for free from: https://www.python.org/downloads/ There are also many online platforms in which Python can be used such as codeacademy.com
balsamgr8
Computer Science Algos | Pseudos for 2210 | 0478

Computer Science Algos | Pseudos for 2210 | 0478

A set of 8-questions based on real-world scenarios that will make students to understand the situations where they can think and demonstrate their abilities to solve these worksheets. They can also be used to set an assessment. You can have it singly or the whole set. Prepared for CAIE 2210 and IGCSE 0478 Syllabus Components.
suas2016
Algorithms | Pseudocode Part 1 | Worksheet

Algorithms | Pseudocode Part 1 | Worksheet

A set of 8-questions based on real-world scenarios that will make students to understand the situations where they can think and demonstrate their abilities to solve these worksheets. They can also be used to set an assessment. You can have it singly or the whole set.
suas2016
Introduction to Computer Science Unplugged - Cup Stacking!

Introduction to Computer Science Unplugged - Cup Stacking!

The aim of this lesson is to introduce students to writing their first ever code! Students will not need to use a computer! Starter - Which job would you rather do: Formula 1 Driver or a Formula 1 Mechanic? Introduction to different types of IT users: Formula 1 Driver is the expert user of software while the Mechanic is the creator of the software. Task 1: Robots and Programmers - Get your Robot to a specific location and back using the given commands. Main task: Cup stacking - use the symbols available and create the differentiated structures as shown. For the lesson you will also need: Plastic cups Poster paper Pens to write code Print out the resource packs for each group of students. I have used this lesson for students between years 5 and 9, all of which have thoroughly enjoyed it! ***Please leave a review!***
RobbotResources
Computational Thinking and the Digital Competence Framework

Computational Thinking and the Digital Competence Framework

My latest poster shows how the understanding of Computational Thinking underpins all concepts of the Digital Competence Framework (DCF). I have given examples of how each concept can be applied to primary strands of the framework. Feel free to download and use as part of CPD sessions! ***Please leave a review!***
RobbotResources
Algorithms

Algorithms

Contained within this pack you will obtain a task breakdown sheet that can be printed off as worksheets to be completed and or uploaded to any digital based classroom tool. Contained within the Zip folder you obtain python files that go over the concepts of: - Bubble sort - Quick sort - Queue - Stacks All contain both student code and teacher code with supporting notes to ensure understanding of code has been obtained. Worksheets also look into the concept of O notation. Resources can be used for GCSE as a challenge and or AS level computing. Thank you for reviewing my resource.
NextStepComputing
Algorithms, Maths & micro:bit: 5 fun coding activities

Algorithms, Maths & micro:bit: 5 fun coding activities

5 fun activities exploring the micro:bit, mathematics, and algorithm creation in Python and JavaScript Blocks. This short activity booklet explores the use of computing in order to calculate mathematical constants and carry out advanced mathematical functions. This could be used as an introduction to algorithms or mathematics & computing. In these activities we will use Python and JavaScript Blocks to calculate Pi & e, as well as creating a function to calculate factorials. Along the way we will learn a number of key skills: - Introducing & breaking down problems and algorithms - Solving and re-arranging equations - Real-world use of computing - Introduction to mathematical constants - Coding in Python & JavaScript Blocks - Utilising key equations for geometry & shapes - Memory issues & efficiency - Coding Skills: - Variables - Loops - Conditions - Advanced mathematical functions
rlowe0008
Scratch Games Design for Computer Science

Scratch Games Design for Computer Science

This is a whole unit of work with a variety of different lessons which aims to take students from basic understanding of the Scratch coding environment to students who develop games. Differentiated resource with clear instructions and challenging advanced activities for students who are capable
PaperAirplane
KS2 / KS3 Scratch superunit - introduction and follow-up unit

KS2 / KS3 Scratch superunit - introduction and follow-up unit

This bundle contains two units of work for Scratch, including at least 14 lessons in total (some may take longer, depending on programming speed). It can be broken down into two units, or potentially completed in one go. I have completed these with the same students over two years - the introductory unit in Y5 and then the second unit in Y6. However, this could be used with older children with little Scratch experience. The lessons conatined are as follows: Unit 1 Introduction to Scratch - algorithms Joke - sequencing Disco - sequencing / iteration Etch-a-sketch - controlling sprites Maze - Selection / iteration Assessment Unit 2 Flowcharts - algorithms Chatbot - sequencing / selection Scrolling maze - variables Falling fruit - indefinite iteration / variables Breakout - Variables / subroutines Rock, Paper, Scissors - Definite iteration / subroutines Assessment
MrHawes8