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A place to share some of the resources I have made for Computer Science and Maths. Primarily focused on assessment and curriculum resources for GCSE Computer Science where I feel there is a shortage of good quality material available.

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A place to share some of the resources I have made for Computer Science and Maths. Primarily focused on assessment and curriculum resources for GCSE Computer Science where I feel there is a shortage of good quality material available.
Maths / STEM Project Lesson - Data Analyst
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Maths / STEM Project Lesson - Data Analyst

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This is a project lesson for 50 - 75 minutes based around interpreting data, understanding proportions, calculating percentages and statistical enquiry. The theme of this lesson is to emphasise the importance of data analysis in varied fields of life, and includes three specifically designed data sets based around sports, performance and financial analysis. Students will have to answer a series of questions related to the 3 data sets to help prepare them to write a mini report detailing their findings. These questions and level of data analysis are similar to what many companies use as the basis of their graduate recruitment maths tests, with candidates expected to interpret data in different forms and draw correct conclusions based on sound explanations. Having ran this session multiple times, students are very engaged with the content and like seeing how maths will be used in real work places. It could be done in classes, or as a larger scale event. I usually run it as a carousel, with different data sets on each table and getting students to rotate around, but again delivery is flexible. The 3 data sets are: Sports Analysis - Wiltshire Wanderers. Students have to evaluate player performance over a season by working out things such as number of goals scored per game. Financial Analysis - Netdrive Sales. Students have to evaluate sales performance of 4 products, calculating things such as most profitable periods, profit per item and percentage profit. Performance Analysis - Silent Night Hotels. Students look at the performance of various hotels in a fictional chain and pick out positives and negatives of each one.
Maths / STEM Project Lesson - Starting a Business (Money Calculations, Using Formulae, Profit)
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Maths / STEM Project Lesson - Starting a Business (Money Calculations, Using Formulae, Profit)

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This is a Maths / STEM project lesson designed around students starting a wholesale business in either the fashion or technology industry. Students will be expected to create a brand, calculate costs and work out profit for their potential business. Feedback from running this lesson in the past has been extremely positive from students, with most excited by the idea of starting their own business, and appreciating the massive role maths would have in this. They will have to make several key decisions including deciding on whether to import or produce and how many products to order based on demand. Throughout the lesson, students will have to calculate the optimal business model by calculating potential profits based on a given formula. They will also need to carry out several financial calculations, before presenting back to the class. This was designed for year 10 students, but could be used in other years. The main idea was to promote maths in context, as well as to increase understanding of maths involved in business.
Computer Science GCSE Key Skills Practice / Revision Booklet + Answers
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Computer Science GCSE Key Skills Practice / Revision Booklet + Answers

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In Computer Science there are several skills that students need to be able to do in an exam situation: Sorting Algorithms Searching Algorithms Flowcharts Basic Pseudocode Binary Conversions Hexadecimal Conversions Binary Shifts Logic Circuits Trace Tables Compression Algorithms Advanced Pseudocode This resource provides a series of progressively more difficult questions for each of the skills listed above. In addition, full answers/ modeled solutions are provided to make sure students know if they are getting it wrong or right. This booklet would be great for revision homework, or for a series of lessons focused on mastering the necessary skills to succeed in Computer Science. The questions used could also be used separately, for example in first teaching lessons, as it can be difficult to find or come up with relevant questions for some of the topics. If you have any questions, please ask.
Programming Basics (Pseudocode) - Enhanced Learning Worksheet + Answers
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Programming Basics (Pseudocode) - Enhanced Learning Worksheet + Answers

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This Enhanced Learning Worksheet focuses on Programming Basics, specifically fundamentals of programming and basic pseudocode. NOTE: A free version of my Computational Thinking Enhanced Learning Worksheet is available if you would like to see the structure or how your classes get on with them first. These new Enhanced Learning Worksheet are designed to give students more opportunity to consolidate and extend their understanding of all the key topics in GCSE Computer Science. They feature a series of scaffolded questions, followed by a page of extend / challenge questions where the scaffold has been removed and/or the difficulty level ramped up. I developed these worksheets not to be another test, quiz or assessment (please see my module quizzes if you are interested in this), but instead are platforms for students to practice key skills during lessons. As such, answers are provided but not individual mark allocation. I will be using these worksheets 3 times each in the delivery of my AQA Computer Science course - first as an in-lesson worksheet, second as a spaced retrieval task a month or two later and finally as an end of year 11 revision resource.
GCSE Computer Science Knowledge Organiser - Networks
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GCSE Computer Science Knowledge Organiser - Networks

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A knowledge organiser for the GCSE Computer Science topic of networks. Each organiser contains key words, key skills and key knowledge. These are great for student revision, or as teaching aids for staff to be aware of the breadth of the module. Thanks, Toby Watkins
GCSE Computer Science Paper 2 Mock Exam in style of AQA New Spec Grade 9 - 1 8520
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GCSE Computer Science Paper 2 Mock Exam in style of AQA New Spec Grade 9 - 1 8520

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This is a full mock/practice paper 2 for the new specification GCSE Computer Science. It is based on the AQA 8520 style of exams and heavily influenced by the AQA specimen and includes a full exam board level mark scheme. It would also be suitable for assessing OCR and other exam boards. Currently, there are very few full practices papers online so I decided to make this one. A huge amount of time was invested to make sure it covers the full specification of the new GCSE, so you can actually assess what is necessary. It uses the same proportions of topics and assessment points at the AQA specimen paper so you can accurately attain what your students know or need to work on. Paper 1 is also available. Hope it helps! Toby Watkins
GCSE Computer Science Module Quiz - Computer System Hardware/Software- Linked to Knowledge Organiser
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GCSE Computer Science Module Quiz - Computer System Hardware/Software- Linked to Knowledge Organiser

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This is a module summary quiz on the topic of the Computer System, including Hardware and Software. The assessment features a range of question types and includes full worked solutions and answers. I print these 2 to a page and use them as a low stakes quiz at the end of a module. I will also be reusing them as a revision resource for my year 11s. These module quizzes are linked to the Knowledge Organisers I have also made and are available on TES. Most of the content is featured on the similarly named organiser, but would still be more than suitable without the use of the organisers. Any questions, please feel free to ask. Thanks, Toby Watkins
GCSE Computer Science Paper 1 Revision Work Booklet - Topic Quizzes and Model Answers - AQA 8520
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GCSE Computer Science Paper 1 Revision Work Booklet - Topic Quizzes and Model Answers - AQA 8520

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This is a collection of module quizzes covering key content that is assessed in paper 1 of the new specification GCSE. I will be using these as a final push for my current year 11s in the run up to the final exam. They are specifically designed for AQA 8520 spec, but content is also suitable for OCR and other boards. In total there are 4 double page module quizzes, along with answers to each. The key topics are: Computational Thinking, Programming Basics (Pseudocode/flowcharts), Development and Testing and advanced programming (subroutines etc.) There are questions covering the vast majority of the specification, but these are in no way intended to be exhaustive. The question style features exam style questions, along with question types designed to prompt recall and understanding. Full answers are provided for each quiz. Note: These module quizzes can be obtained individually, or as a complete package, in my TES shop. If you have already purchased any module quizzes, or if you want topics spanning both paper 1 and 2, it may be better to buy the others instead. Hope these help. Thanks, Toby Watkins
Applied Rounding and Estimation - Maths Problem Solving Worksheet + Answers
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Applied Rounding and Estimation - Maths Problem Solving Worksheet + Answers

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This is a collection of applied questions for the topic of rounding and estimation. The questions are designed to emphasise student understanding by identifying misconceptions and explaining their answers. Also has questions applying in a worded context. The worksheet is A5 so can fit 2 to a page to save printing and fit better in student books. Was designed for high ability year 7 group, but could be used for any year groups up from this up to GCSE. Full answers provided.
Programming Languages and Subroutines - Enhanced Learning Worksheet + Answers
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Programming Languages and Subroutines - Enhanced Learning Worksheet + Answers

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This Enhanced Learning Worksheet focuses on different types of programming languages and translators, as well as looking at use of Subroutines/functions in programming. NOTE: A free version of my Computational Thinking Enhanced Learning Worksheet is available if you would like to see the structure or how your classes get on with them first. These new Enhanced Learning Worksheet are designed to give students more opportunity to consolidate and extend their understanding of all the key topics in GCSE Computer Science. They feature a series of scaffolded questions, followed by a page of extend / challenge questions where the scaffold has been removed and/or the difficulty level ramped up. I developed these worksheets not to be another test, quiz or assessment (please see my module quizzes if you are interested in this), but instead are platforms for students to practice key skills during lessons. As such, answers are provided but not individual mark allocation. I will be using these worksheets 3 times each in the delivery of my AQA Computer Science course - first as an in-lesson worksheet, second as a spaced retrieval task a month or two later and finally as an end of year 11 revision resource.
GCSE Computer Science Knowledge Organiser Bundle - 10 Topics - NEW Spec - FULL SET - Revision
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GCSE Computer Science Knowledge Organiser Bundle - 10 Topics - NEW Spec - FULL SET - Revision

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A collection of 10 full page knowledge organisers designed to summarise key modules of computer science to help students learn topics and revise. The topics cover: Computational Thinking Basic Programming Data Representation Computer System Basic Python Programming Advanced Python Programming Networks Binary Calculations Ethical, Legal and Environmental Impact Each organiser includes key words, key skills and key knowledge in an easy to digest format. These took hours to make and refine, so save yourself the time for the equivalent of £1.60 a sheet! NOTE: If you do not use python for programming, I have uploaded all of the non python specific organisers in a separate file. This may be better for you if you don't want to pay for resources that may not be as useful. Thanks Toby Watkins
QLA / Covey Chart Datasheet for Mr Watkins' Custom GCSE Computer Science Mock Exam Set
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QLA / Covey Chart Datasheet for Mr Watkins' Custom GCSE Computer Science Mock Exam Set

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This is a spreadsheet to be used for question level analysis of my custom GCSE Computer Science Paper (also available on TES). The Spreadsheet allows entry of marks for each question, and will automatically fill in personalised student reports containing question by question feedback, along with grade and percentage in each paper. I have password protected the sheet to prevent changes as the intended use is for this exam series. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.
GCSE Computer Science Knowledge Organiser - Ethical, Legal and Moral Impact
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GCSE Computer Science Knowledge Organiser - Ethical, Legal and Moral Impact

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A knowledge organiser for the GCSE Computer Science topic of Ethical, Legal and Moral Impact. Contains a bank of relevant keywords along with a focus on 2 key issues within computing; artificial intelligence and wearable technology. Legal, moral and ethical issues are discussed for these examples. These are great for student revision, or as teaching aids for staff to be aware of the breadth of the module. Thanks, Toby Watkins
GCSE Computer Science Module Quiz - Programming Basics (Pseudocode) - Linked to Knowledge Organiser
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GCSE Computer Science Module Quiz - Programming Basics (Pseudocode) - Linked to Knowledge Organiser

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This is a module summary quiz on the topic of Programming Basics (pseudocode). The assessment features a range of question types and includes full worked solutions and answers. I print these 2 to a page and use them as a low stakes quiz at the end of a module. I will also be reusing them as a revision resource for my year 11s. These module quizzes are linked to the Knowledge Organisers I have also made and are available on TES. Most of the content is featured on the similarly named organiser, but would still be more than suitable without the use of the organisers. Any questions, please feel free to ask. Thanks, Toby Watkins
Advanced Pseudocode Target Topic Workbooklet - Mini Knowledge Organiser, Exam Questions + MS
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Advanced Pseudocode Target Topic Workbooklet - Mini Knowledge Organiser, Exam Questions + MS

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For the Advanced Pseudocode Programming topic, the 2 identified target topics are: Data Structures Subroutines Other topics available in alternative resource listings. Here is another painstakingly put together resource which I use for revision of key topics, but could also be used for an accessible homework task or even first teaching. For each of the key topics, I picked out the 2 main areas students find difficult. I then created a focused revision page (essentially a knowledge organiser for the target topic), along with a set of questions covering key facts and knowledge + exam style questions. I also included the answers and mark scheme where appropriate. I have done them in powerpoint format so that they can be displayed to the class, share with students digitally or print out as booklets (I tend to duplicate each slide and print 2 to a page to get A5 booklets, but A4 would also work and give more room for writing). The main purpose is to boost understanding of some of the most difficult topics with a well designed revision page and set of questions to consolidate. I will also be printing out all of the question pages separately and issuing nearer exam time to make sure everything has stuck. Hope this is a helpful resource and let me know if you have any questions or comments.
STEM / Computing / Maths Project Lesson - Maths in Computing
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STEM / Computing / Maths Project Lesson - Maths in Computing

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This is an activity lesson I made to promote STEM / Computing / Maths. The activity involves 3 activities linking maths and computing. The first looks at potential roles involving STEM and is designed to raise awareness and aspirations for students. This is a card matchup that I printed out and cut up for students to try to match. The second looks at Boolean logic and logic circuits. The final activity involves the use of Formulae and Pythagoras in calculating damage in a video game. There is a worksheet for this activity too. It is designed to last around an hour. It was originally pitched for year 9 students, but would be suitable for 8 and 10. Comes with a powerpoint with key instructions and questions, along with 2 activity sheets.
GCSE Computer Science Paper 1 Mock Exam in style of AQA New Spec Grade 9 - 1 8520
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GCSE Computer Science Paper 1 Mock Exam in style of AQA New Spec Grade 9 - 1 8520

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This is a full mock/practice paper 1 for the new specification GCSE Computer Science. It is based on the AQA 8520 style of exams and heavily influenced by the AQA specimen and includes a full exam board level mark scheme. Also suitable for assessing OCR and other exam boards. Currently, there are very few full practices papers online so I decided to make this one. A huge amount of time was invested to make sure it covers the full specification of the new GCSE, so you can actually assess what is necessary. It uses the same proportions of topics and assessment points at the AQA specimen paper so you can accurately attain what your students know or need to work on. Paper 2 will also be available soon. Hope it helps! Toby Watkins
Computational Thinking - Enhanced Learning Worksheet + Answers
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Computational Thinking - Enhanced Learning Worksheet + Answers

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NOTE: This is a free version of the first of a new set of worksheets I have developed. These worksheets take a long time to develop, and I feel they offer a really good opportunity for students to consolidate and extend their learning of a topic. Try this one for free, then see if you like them enough to buy the rest in the series at £3 each for an unlimited use teacher license. This Enhanced Learning Worksheet focuses on Computational Thinking, specifically Computational Thinking Concepts and representing algorithms using Flowcharts. These new Enhanced Learning Worksheet are designed to give students more opportunity to consolidate and extend their understanding of all the key topics in GCSE Computer Science. They feature a series of scaffolded questions, followed by a page of extend / challenge questions where the scaffold has been removed and/or the difficulty level ramped up. I developed these worksheets not to be another test, quiz or assessment (please see my module quizzes if you are interested in this), but instead are platforms for students to practice key skills during lessons. As such, answers are provided but not individual mark allocation. I will be using these worksheets 3 times each in the delivery of my AQA Computer Science course - first as an in-lesson worksheet, second as a spaced retrieval task a month or two later and finally as an end of year 11 revision resource.
Festive Programming Challenges
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Festive Programming Challenges

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A selection of Christmas themed programming challenges aimed at students of varying ability. Tasks were designed with Python in mind, although other programming languages would work.