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Computer Science resources for KS3-4, with a focus on programming. Programming resources include Scratch, Microbit, Small Basic and Visual Basic for now, with other languages potentially in the future, such as C#. I have worked with the AQA specification throughout my teaching career and so these resources will be suitable for anyone teaching the new AQA spec. Please review any resources, suggestions are welcome for improvements etc.

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Computer Science resources for KS3-4, with a focus on programming. Programming resources include Scratch, Microbit, Small Basic and Visual Basic for now, with other languages potentially in the future, such as C#. I have worked with the AQA specification throughout my teaching career and so these resources will be suitable for anyone teaching the new AQA spec. Please review any resources, suggestions are welcome for improvements etc.
Exam style pseudocode questions (AQA)
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Exam style pseudocode questions (AQA)

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These questions are used to help students practice longer pseudocode questions that they will encounter in GCSE exams. The pseudocode style is based on AQA, and each question comes with a mark scheme showing where marks are scored. Again, this is based around AQA’s mark schemes (i.e. awarding marks for including selection, for example). This set contains 8 pseudocode questions and mark schemes for each. In separate uploads I have the powerpoint used in lessons to help deliver specific lessons which build up towards answering the longer pseudocode questions in this set. The order I used them (with the intent of increasing difficulty as we went along): 1 - Phone Bill Calculator 2 - Note Changer 3 - Swimming Pool 4 - Guessing Game 5 - Substring 6 - Sports Day 7 - Linear Search Array 8 - Inverting Image (2D array)
Microbit Programming Assessment
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Microbit Programming Assessment

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Included is an assessment for the end of a microbit programming unit. Topics included variables, selection, definite and indefinite iteration. The test also includes specific practical knowledge of programming using microbit blocks.
Logic Gates KS3 Lesson
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Logic Gates KS3 Lesson

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This resource includes a PowerPoint presentation that teaches about logic gates, with a worksheet designed to be used on the computers, and an online link to practically find out about logic gates. It also includes a double sided homework sheet. This is the seventh lesson in the 'How a Computer Works' topic.
KS2 / KS3 Scratch Assessment
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KS2 / KS3 Scratch Assessment

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This assessment is similar but more advanced than the introductory Scratch unit assessment in my shop, and includes questions on subroutines and variables as well as algorithms, sequencing, selection and iteration. This is aimed at students who have completed two units of Scratch.
GCSE Sound File Size worksheets (A5)
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GCSE Sound File Size worksheets (A5)

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Two worksheets, the second harder than the first, which can be printed in A5 size. Suitable for GCSE students learning about sound and can build towards practice exam questions. Answers are included in a separate file.
Microbit Board Game Project
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Microbit Board Game Project

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This resource was used for Year 7 Computing following a unit involving learning about variables, selection, iteration and random number generation using the Microbit. They loved playing the game, especially as they helped to create it! The idea is to have them use the Microbit as part of the board game. They will program in a dice function for shaking the Microbit, and other features for when they press Button A or B. The game works similarly to Snakes and Ladders. Button A moves the player either forwards or backwards, 6, 4, or 2 spaces (picked randomly by the program), and Button B moves the player up or down by flashing up to 3 up or down arrows (again randomly). Instructions were given via a worksheet, where the first page (two of the tasks) were given in the first lesson and the final one was given at the start of the second. When they had finished their program they could then download it to the Microbit and play their game. My students ended up with between 10-25 minutes playing time depending on how quickly they programmed their game. They can provide their own playing pieces from pencil cases etc. and the board is provided (A4 printout is fine). The code is in the screenshots in the PowerPoint slides and can be made up quickly.
CPU Lesson KS3
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CPU Lesson KS3

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This resource consists of a PowerPoint presentation giving information about the CPU. It also has links to youtube and revision games to play at the end. This is the fourth lesson in the 'How a Computer Works' topic.
How a Computer Works KS3 Unit of Work
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How a Computer Works KS3 Unit of Work

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This 10-lesson unit consists of the following lessons: Computer Systems Hardware Components Input and Output devices CPU Software Operating Systems Logic Gates Storage x2 Revision
KS2 Introduction to Scratch and algorithms
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KS2 Introduction to Scratch and algorithms

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Included in this resource is a PowerPoint presentation on Scratch, with an accompanying worksheet (can be used on the computers or printed). The lesson focuses on using Scratch and ends with introducing algorithms which is a key word that can be used going forward.
Scratch UltraBundle - 3 Units
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Scratch UltraBundle - 3 Units

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This bundle includes the Scratch beginner’s bundle, intermediate bundle and expert bundle all in one. I have used this for Years 5-7, using one unit each year as they move up the school. This could be used for other year groups as they encounter and improve with Scratch. Each unit should take 6-8 lessons, which is why I have spread them out over three year groups. In total there are 18 different resources bundled together here.
Microbit Unit of Work
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Microbit Unit of Work

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This Unit of Work includes 10 lessons worth of Microbit programming skills and knowledge. Each lesson has a PowerPoint presentation to go with it, with all other resources also included as Word documents. All resources including PowerPoints are numbered to make it easier to follow the unit, and there is also a teacher’s guide included. The Unit begins with an introduction to Microbits, and concludes with revision, end of unit test and DIRT reflection lesson. Topics included are Variables, Selection, Iteration, and various programming challenges in the form of games that the students can create. It also includes the Microbit Board Game project that takes 2 lessons, which is also available from the Programmer’s Paradise shop on TES Resources. A homework is also included, where the students can create a program using printed code blocks, cut and stick them onto the other half of the paper. This can be used after the first couple of lessons, or later if they are less familiar with the concepts.
Input and Output Devices KS3 lesson including homework
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Input and Output Devices KS3 lesson including homework

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This resource includes a PowerPoint presentation, starter worksheet (designed to be readable when printed A5 size), and homework sheet (A4). The lesson builds on hardware components and looks at input and output devices. The lesson is the third in the 'How a Computer Works' topic.
KS2 / KS3 Scratch chatbot lesson
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KS2 / KS3 Scratch chatbot lesson

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This resource is for students who have already completed an introductory unit of Scratch, or are older students who might be more familiar with programming. They will create a program on Scratch using sequencing and selection.
KS3 Operating Systems (OS) lesson plan  and powerpoint - 60 minute lesson
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KS3 Operating Systems (OS) lesson plan and powerpoint - 60 minute lesson

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A 60 minute lesson delivered for Year 8 in an observed lesson. All tasks are on the lesson plan/powerpoint notes, there are more than enough so I have not delivered this lesson using every task. Worth running through the memory game slide to see how the animation works before using it. This is the sixth lesson in the 'How a Computer Works' topic.
GCSE Binary Addition and Shift Presentation
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GCSE Binary Addition and Shift Presentation

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Included is a Powerpoint used to teach binary addition and shift to a mixed ability GCSE class. Includes lots of chances for students to practice the techniques with questions and follow up by writing notes on how to calculate the addition and shifts.
Angles using parallel lines worksheet / homework with help sheet
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Angles using parallel lines worksheet / homework with help sheet

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This is a resource I created for my Year 6 maths set (high ability) which would be suitable for KS3 as well. There are a number of angles which the students have to calculate without measuring, based on rules regarding angles and parallel lines. There are two versions, one with more answers given, and this could be given in class or as a homework task depending on the support required. The helpsheet contains powerpoint slides taken from a resource published by @dwatson802 called Angles with Parallel and intersecting lines.
GCSE Bubble Sort Programming Lesson
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GCSE Bubble Sort Programming Lesson

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Included is a presentation reviewing the Bubble Sort method, and an interactive Excel activity that can is self-marking and can give students immediate feedback. There is also a help sheet for anyone who has missed the Bubble Sort theory or needs help with the activities, and differentiated instructions for writing a Bubble Sort program (I used Visual Basic but the code hints could be adapted to another language quickly). I have also included the lesson plan that I used for a lesson observation. There are notes on AfL and differentiation included in the plan.
Microbit Click Wars Lesson - flowchart included
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Microbit Click Wars Lesson - flowchart included

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This lesson includes the PowerPoint needed to have the students create a game called Click Wars, and the flowchart card sort activity alongside it. Also included is the instruction sheet for the students to work from, and a Word document containing the coded solutions.
Microbit Revision Lesson
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Microbit Revision Lesson

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This presentation is to be used for revising programming concepts such as variables, selection, iteration using the microbit. There are tasks included such as creating definitions, thinking about how to program a certain game and a Kahoot quiz (link included on the powerpoint).
Programming Malware GCSE Lesson
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Programming Malware GCSE Lesson

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GCSE lesson based around making the malware/cyber security topic related to programming. Looked online but couldn't find anything useful so created a 'virus' program to teach the students without giving them information on how to do anything illegal. Code works in Visual Basic, and is a good way to get the students hooked. Also worth mentioning that the 'virus' they create doesn't actually do anything malicious, it just appears that way, and gives them a chance to practice their programming techniques. Then they have instructions on the worksheet that they follow through until they have a working program. Powerpoint is also included.