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A place to share some of the resources I have made for Computer Science and Maths. Primarily focused an 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 an assessment and curriculum resources for GCSE Computer Science where I feel there is a shortage of good quality material available.
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
GCSE Computer Science Programming Project / Assessment - Grade Calculator App
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GCSE Computer Science Programming Project / Assessment - Grade Calculator App

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This is a programming project assessment designed to assess students' programming skills and help them prepare for their paper 1 assessments and controlled assessments. I use this as an assessed piece to help inform working grades, but can also be delivered as an individual, paired or group project. Full python solution provided for the main parts.
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.
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.
GCSE Computer Science Knowledge Organiser - Data Representation
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GCSE Computer Science Knowledge Organiser - Data Representation

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A knowledge organiser/revision sheet on the Computer Science topic Data Representation. This includes number systems, conversion of binary and hexadecimal numbers and compression algorithms (Huffman). 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 - Computational Thinking and Boolean Logic Quiz Assessments
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GCSE Computer Science - Computational Thinking and Boolean Logic Quiz Assessments

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These are 2 quizzes on the topics of Computational Thinking and Boolean Logic. They were designed as low stakes quizzes - to be delivered in lessons and used to help inform planning, but could also be used as homework, worksheets or more formal assessments. Mixture of question and answer styles to allow all students access to the material. Answers provided. Thanks, Toby Watkins
GCSE Computer Science Paper 1 and 2 Mock Exam Bundle in style of AQA New Spec Grade 9 - 1 8520
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GCSE Computer Science Paper 1 and 2 Mock Exam Bundle in style of AQA New Spec Grade 9 - 1 8520

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This bundle contains paper 1 and paper 2 of my painstakingly created custom exam papers for GCSE Computer Science. Both come with an exam board level mark scheme to ensure accurate assessment. Designed in the style and proportions of the AQA 8520 Spec but also suitable for OCR and other boards. Also contains a mock NEA assessment which is useful for developing programming skills and which I use to get a full picture of a student's current understanding of the syllabus.
GCSE Computer Science Knowledge Organiser - Python Programming
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GCSE Computer Science Knowledge Organiser - Python Programming

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A knowledge organiser for the GCSE Computer Science topic of Python Programming. Contains a bank of relevant keywords along with examples of programming and key knowledge. This should be a great summary of basic python programming on a single sheet. There will be an advanced python organiser available soon. 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 - 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 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 9 x Module Quizzes - Great for exam revision, consolidation, assessment or homework
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GCSE Computer Science 9 x Module Quizzes - Great for exam revision, consolidation, assessment or homework

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This is a collection of my module quizzes - a series of exam style questions and key knowledge/skill checks for each of the main Computer Science topic. Questions are applicable to all exam boards including AQA and OCR. All module quizzes come with full answers provided. I print these 2 to a page and use them both for end of topic assessments for current year 10, and exam revision for year 11.
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
Binary and Hexadecimal - Enhanced Learning Worksheet + Answers
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Binary and Hexadecimal - Enhanced Learning Worksheet + Answers

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This Enhanced Learning Worksheet focuses on understanding the binary and hexadecimal number systems, as well as converting between binary, denary and hexadecimal. 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.
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.
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.
Maths / STEM / Science Project Lesson - Density of Metals (Density, Ratio, Volume)
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Maths / STEM / Science Project Lesson - Density of Metals (Density, Ratio, Volume)

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This is a Maths/STEM project lesson based around calculating and comparing the density of different metals. Students have to first calculate and rank the densities of the metals, than answer questions based on combining different ratios of metals. These questions involve working out density, volume or mass from compound metal alloys of differing ratios. The lesson was pitched at year 10, and has a support sheet to enable access for foundation students. The lesson was designed to last 75 minutes, but actually the difficult quesitons in the sheet means it could easily last 90 minutes or more if required.
GCSE Computer Science Theory Revision - Last Minute Paper 2 Practice Covering All Key Theory
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GCSE Computer Science Theory Revision - Last Minute Paper 2 Practice Covering All Key Theory

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This is a document designed as late revision for paper 2 of the GCSE Computer Science (AQA specification, but applicable to edexcel and other boards too). The revision booklet covers the following topics/questions, and should take students around 2 hours to complete the filling in blanks, with longer needed if they redraft the responses : Section 1 – Data Representation a) How do character sets work? b) How do bitmap images work? c) How do sound files work? Section 2 – Computer System a) How do hard disk drives work? b) How do solid state drives work? c) How does a CD work? d) What are the different types of memory? e) What are the main components of a CPU? f) What affects the performance of the CPU? g) What are the different types of software? Section 3 – Networks a) What are protocols? b) What is the TCP/IP model? c) What does the application layer do? d) What are the different considerations when setting up a network? e) What are the different cyber security threats, and how do you defend against them? Section 4 – Ethical, Legal and Environmental Impact a) What is meant by ethical issues in computing? b) What is meant by legal issues in computing? c) What is meant by environmental issues in computing? d) Give an example of a Computing issue that has ethical, legal and environmental impacts: For each of the main theory topics students need to know, a concise but in-depth explanation is given - but missing key information. Students must use the word bank provided to fill in the gaps and complete a full explanation of each topic. The idea would be that students then rewrite the explanation in their own words to ensure they understand it, but this is obviously optional and may not be right for your group. In designing this task, I wanted to be able to provide my students with high quality explanations, but with enough interaction and challenge to make sure students’ brains are engaged as they complete it. The filling in the blanks nature of the work means that all students can access the material, and the extension to rewrite using the bold terms enables a way to stretch even the most able of students. I think this is particularly useful as a last minute task as it will hopefully not cause cognitive overload in the same way that doing exam style questions or equivalent would in last minute revision slots. I will be using these as revision for my GCSE cohort in the sessions before their exam, but could also be used longer term or as homework tasks. It could also separated by section and used during first teaching or many other ways.
GCSE Computer Science Computational Thinking and Programming Fundamentals Assessment
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GCSE Computer Science Computational Thinking and Programming Fundamentals Assessment

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This is a GCSE level assessment of Computational Thinking and Basic Programming. It includes a range of questions designed to test students initial understanding of key computing concepts. List of topics: Computational Thinking Concepts Algorithms Flowcharts Boolean Logic Searching Algorithms Sorting Algorithms Programming Fundamentals Data Types and Structures Selection Iteration Functions and Procedures Maths in Programming I use this as an initial assessment after 2 modules (around 2 months of teaching). Includes a mark scheme to help with marking. Hope it is helpful. Toby Watkins
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 Knowledge Organiser - Binary Calculations
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GCSE Computer Science Knowledge Organiser - Binary Calculations

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A knowledge organiser for the GCSE Computer Science topic of Binary Calculations, including binary addition, shifts and background information. 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