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Programmer's Paradise

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.

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.
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.
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.
Hardware Components Lesson KS3
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Hardware Components Lesson KS3

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This PowerPoint can be used to show students the components that go inside a computer. I used a laptop disassembly to go along with this, but have left in slides including images of the different components so it can be used without. Following this the students go online to look at important features of each component, and how they work to make the computer as a whole work. This is the second lesson in the 'How a Computer Works' topic.
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.
KS2/KS3 Scratch Flowcharts / algorithms lesson
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KS2/KS3 Scratch Flowcharts / algorithms lesson

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This Powerpoint is designed for students who have completed a unit of Scratch before, and this would be the start of the second unit. The lesson introduces flowcharts and the students create a flowchart based on an algorithm given to them. This can be done on the computers, either using office or online. This could also be completed on paper if preferred.
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.
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.
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.
Microbit Offline Programming Homework
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Microbit Offline Programming Homework

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This homework is intended for students to complete without having to use a computer (useful if they don't have one at home). The instructions are given on the left hand side of the sheet, and they can cut and stick the code blocks onto the right hand side. If students wish to complete on the computer then they can, and this also allows them to test their code to see if it works. Answers also included in the form of an image.
Software Lesson KS3
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Software Lesson KS3

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Presentation with information on computer software, including the differences between application, system software and operating systems. This is the fifth 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.
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 Programming Four in a row 2D arrays project
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GCSE Programming Four in a row 2D arrays project

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Included is a programming project to recreate a well known game that I have used with a mixed ability Year 10 class. The project took 3-4 lessons and includes the powerpoint highlighting the main challenges in creating the game, the full code (Visual Basic), pseudocode for the whole program and images of code/pseudocode for each challenge that the programmers face. Images were used for this to prevent students copy and pasting the code. To differentiate, after talking through solving each challenge as a class, the students were able to load up the image of either the code or pseudocode, and type the code required into their program. The pseudocode is more challenging as it needs translating into code, and the code has key words missing so it is not just about copying the code into their program. I have also included teaching notes on how to discuss the different challenges, and a help sheet on 2-dimensional arrays.
Small Basic Iteration programming lesson
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Small Basic Iteration programming lesson

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Included is a presentation on iteration using Small Basic. Includes some theory and programming tasks, including all of the code required, instruction sheets and code snippets useful for helping students who might otherwise struggle with programming. I have used this with multiple mixed ability Year 8 classes, who have all managed some success with programming. Also included at the end of the presentation is a link to a Kahoot quiz written specifically for this lesson. One of the early tasks involves changing the background colour of the graphics window. Be aware that if students play around with the timing then it could potentially affect students with epilepsy. I made sure that none of my students would be affected before planning this lesson.
KS3 Endless scrolling game scratch tutorial
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KS3 Endless scrolling game scratch tutorial

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This resource is a tutorial to help students understand how variables and iteration are used to create a simple scrolling game. The tutorial includes screenshots of code snippets and instructions on how and why the code works to create the finished version of the game. The resource also includes the finished version of the game, which I use to demonstrate the game before showing the first few steps in making it. The tutorial can be used as a help sheet for students who push on further with the game before the rest of the class, or who might need help in getting their game to work as intended.
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.
KS2 Scratch Maze game - selection and iteration
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KS2 Scratch Maze game - selection and iteration

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This resource includes a short PowerPoint presentation including a brief starter, a finished maze game with two levels and a tutorial. I usually show them the finished game, then begin a new program and show them how to create the maze sprite using the line tool, and moving the sprites (they should have covered this by now). I also show them how to get the program to know if they are touching the other sprites (maze or end of the level). Once they start to make their mazes I give them the tutorial (on computers or can be printed) so they have step-by-step instructions for making their game and help if they are stuck. This usually takes at least two lessons for them to have a finished maze game with two levels. Some students will customise the game further with added features suggested at the bottom of the tutorial.
KS2 / KS3 Scratch Introduction Bundle
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KS2 / KS3 Scratch Introduction Bundle

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The resources in this bundle should cover 7 lessons, and result in students creating 4 different programs. The associated content covers algorithms, sequencing, selection and iteration, and the assessment at the end also includes debugging and showing an understanding of code.
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.
KS3 Scratch Breakout Programming Project
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KS3 Scratch Breakout Programming Project

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A Breakout programming task for Year 7, 8 or 9. Includes a short powerpoint showing how to open the instructions, the instructions themselves (a step by step guide to creating the game), and a link to the finished game which can be used as a starter to get them engaged from the beginning of the lesson. The instructions include hints with very small code snippets which are linked to specific steps in the programming process. With some high ability Year 8 students this has taken at least two lessons, so could be used as a project with mixed ability or younger classes.