J276 Python and Programming Help Sheets

J276 Python and Programming Help Sheets

All the help sheets below were created inline with the specification for OCR J276 'Computational thinking, algorithms and programming' and 'Programming Project' sections of the course. I created these for my own Year 10 students and they have found them very useful, when introducing sections of Python programming theory, Flowcharts and Pseudocode. I use these in lessons to drive independence and as a reference for the pupils whilst programming so they are not constantly looking things up on the internet. They find the sheet with the topic on and the key information is there. In my classroom I have arranged a display using folders to hold the sheets so the students can walk up and grab the sheet that best suits their needs at the time. Hope they help! I have now finished remaking these worksheets, they have been uploaded. The new help sheets have the suffix #new. Any comments on the updated versions will be very much appreciated.
Davism1993
Python Programming Challenges 35+ - J276 - Random Generator and Board Game

Python Programming Challenges 35+ - J276 - Random Generator and Board Game

I have created a PowerPoint with 38 different programming challenges that are ordered by difficulty. On each slide I have a meter that shows how difficult the question is and what skills are required to solve the problem. The Powerpoint can be used in one of two ways: Firstly the PowerPoint can be used as a means of delivering programming challenges to students based on skills and difficulty. Using the Random Challenge Generator page you can pick whether you give the students or student an Easy, Medium or Hard challenge. I have found this particularly useful for differentiation in a mixed ability class when practising programming. The Second use is the game board. Using this slide the students can progress through 20 fixed challenges that are designed to take the students from very basic skill to getting them NEA (OCR J276) Ready. Finally there is a Boss Level, which is a NEA style question that I have made for my students and marked using the NEA mark scheme. The PowerPoint is designed in 'OpenDyslexic' Font so install this if there is an issue with formatting. All solutions are now available in a zip file. I will later update the PowerPoint to add the functionality for students to check their answers. Enjoy!
Davism1993
Python Programming Tasks and Helpsheets - OCR - J276

Python Programming Tasks and Helpsheets - OCR - J276

This bundle contains my short Python tasks as well as my three large differentiated tasks. These tasks individually are designed to helps students practise for the NEA for their GCSE. As well as this theirs bundle contains my help-sheets designed to help the students with the tasks.
Davism1993
OCR NEA J276 Programming Practise - Three Tasks - Differentiated

OCR NEA J276 Programming Practise - Three Tasks - Differentiated

In this pack is a presentation that talks the students through a set of programming projects designed to get the students used to the NEA they will be completing in Spetember of their second year on the course. There are three differentiated task; Hangman, Recipes and Password Checker. Whilst i have made a suggestion to their difficulty (Based off my own students and the skills used to solve the problem) each task can be extended easily to include CSV manipulation, Defensive Design and Error Handling ( I used this to extend the task with my Y10's). Each task comes with a project specification the students can use to create their success criteria. The PowerPoint gives hints on how to complete each section of the students programming project template., from; Analysis, Design, Development, Testing and Evaluation. I have provided flowchart solutions for each task, which can be used to scaffold for low ability students, getting them to complete Pseudocode and their code for the task. The recipes task can easily be extended to use CSV or Text files as well as using sub routines for each recipe. The PowerPoint is made with the 'OpenDyslexic' font with Dyslexic students in mind. All the solutions for each of the tasks have been added, The solutions are using high ability skills, defensive programming (In the j276 spec). This is so you can differentiate down if needed. I have also provided an expected output for each program, this is something you can show students in the early phase as I feel seeing a physical outcome of a program makes it easier for them to understand how to create a solution. Enjoy the independent work with your students, Please comment and let me know your feedback!
Davism1993
Python Skills Lesson - CSV Manipulation - GCSE Computer Science J276

Python Skills Lesson - CSV Manipulation - GCSE Computer Science J276

This is Designed as a 1 hour theory lesson that is towards the end of my Python Skills Lessons series. The lesson is an introduction to the use of external files, specifically csv's. This will teach the students basic reading and writing skills in csv's. This lesson is designed in 'OpenDyslexic' font, if you do not have this font installed the formatting of the lesson may be out. On the side of each page is a volume meter, this can be used for behaviour management to show students how loud they are and where their volume should be. Enjoy, the rest of the series will be uploaded soon.
Davism1993
Searching  Algorithms - OCR -J276

Searching Algorithms - OCR -J276

This is a Lesson for teaching Searching Algorithms, Complete with differentiated worksheets. The PowerPoint is self explanatory and has corresponding slides for the task sheets. The lesson is designed to be 2 hours in length. The lesson is designed to be very interactive for the students. I have bought playing cards from Wilkinsons (£5 for enough for 30 students), using these the students can physically sort the numbers using the sorting algorithms throughout the lesson. Later in the lesson when the students are Searching the letters and words I use sticky notes on the playing cards for differentiation of LA pupils. The plenary assumes your students planners have green, amber and red cards in them. If they do not you can either print and laminate your own or use hands up. Enjoy!
Davism1993
Computational Thinking and Algorithms - OCR -J276

Computational Thinking and Algorithms - OCR -J276

This lesson is designed to be 2 hour in length. In the lesson the students will be introduced to Computational thinking and all of its elements. The students will then look at both understanding and writing algorithms. This lesson is based off the students knowing Pseudocode and flowchart design. This lesson was designed to use the 'OpenDyslexic'. I have attached a pdf in case your school does not use this font so you can see the presentation. Enjoy.
Davism1993
Sorting Algorithms - OCR -J276

Sorting Algorithms - OCR -J276

This is a Lesson for teaching Sorting Algorithms, Complete with differentiated worksheets. The PowerPoint is self explanatory and has corresponding slides for the task sheets. The lesson is designed to be 2 hours in length. The lesson is designed to be very interactive for the students. I have bought playing cards from Wilkinsons (£5 for enough for 30 students), using these the students can physically sort the numbers using the sorting algorithms throughout the lesson. Later in the lesson when the students are sorting the letters and words I use sticky notes on the playing cards for differentiation of LA pupils. The plenary assumes your students planners have green, amber and red cards in them. If they do not you can either print and laminate your own or use hands up. Enjoy!
Davism1993
Data Representation Introduction and Character Representation - J276 - OCR

Data Representation Introduction and Character Representation - J276 - OCR

This is designed as a 2 hour year 10 Lesson the first of my lessons on the Data Representation section of the J276 course. This lesson is completely in line with the J276 Specification. In this lesson the idea of Binary is introduced, converting binary to denary and the reverse of this. After this Character representation is introduced, Character sets, ASCII and UNICODE. The PowerPoint is designed to be using the 'OpenDyslexic' font, I have included a pdf of the lesson to that the layout can be seen if your school does not us this font. Enjoy.
Davism1993
Image Representation - OCR -J276

Image Representation - OCR -J276

This lesson is designed to be 1 hour in length. In the lesson the students will be introduced to image representation in a computer. They will understand the two main different types of images and what affects quality and size of an image. This lesson was designed to use the 'OpenDyslexic'. I have attached a pdf in case your school does not use this font so you can see the presentation. Enjoy.
Davism1993
OCR A451 - Revision Information Sheets

OCR A451 - Revision Information Sheets

The resources in this pack contain a information sheets perfectly for printing double sided and using by students for referencing or independent revision. There is one sheet for each topic in the A451 specification. All sheets use 'OpenDyslexic' font so are friendly for dyslexic students.
Davism1993
Logic Gates Lesson

Logic Gates Lesson

This is a Lesson for teaching Logic Gates, Complete with differentiated worksheets. The PowerPoint is self explanatory and has corresponding slides for the task sheets. The plenary assumes your students planners have green, amber and red cards in them. If they do not you can either print and laminate your own or use hands up.
Davism1993
Short Python Activities

Short Python Activities

This contains six python challenges, with accompanying solutions. Each activity is broken down into a few success criteria, with extensions for higher level skill use.
Davism1993