Python programming

Python programming

Everything you need to teach Python from the very start, to the more advanced. Includes challenges, and PowerPoint lessons to demonstrate. Scripts are included.
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Year 9 program of work on Python

Year 9 program of work on Python

Introduction to Python specifically aimed at new users in year 9. There are 5 lessons on a separate PPT, with LO, bronze silver gold outcomes and homelearning activity on each. Then there is a test lesson. The focus is to drill down variable names, to call variables, to use a tuple, then compare that with the use of an indexed list. These could easily be added to for challenge in years 10 and even year 11. Unfortunately I can't add the Python script for lesson 2 - insult generator, but the script is on a slide so can easily be typed in.
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Half a term Python debugging

Half a term Python debugging

An engaging resources which allows the learners to find errors marked with hashtags. The slides include the broken code (fixed code is on the teacher slides, separate and can also be received via email). Even if you choose not to use this for debugging exercises, it is useful for programming ideas for beginners to copy. After each script the learners are encouraged to state initial tests, actual tests, in preparation for GCSE NEA work. My learners raced up the stairs to start on these tasks, very enthusiastically. The topics include maths, strings, lists, tuples, concatenation, for loops, sub routines and appending to lists. The scripts can also be used as base scripts for other ideas. At the end of the half term of work, there is a challenge project, worded like a very watered down GCSE project. Enjoy!
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Christmas Scratch Animated card

Christmas Scratch Animated card

This contains a starter where students are asked to ponder what makes an animated card interesting. The scripts are then given for learners to create a fully animated e-card. It includes moving snow, decorations that find their way to the tree, a star coming from the sky and landing on the tree. Baubles that flash, and a merry Christmas sign that lights up. Some features start automatically and others are interactive. This can be used from around age 7 right up to year 11! Everyone loves a Christmas theme! The lesson ends with a bronze, silver gold worksheet which allows differentiation from a cloze key word task, to considering real life uses, and ends with Blooms evaluative task for more able learners. There is also a homework / extended learning task available. Two learning walks have been rated outstanding with this lesson.
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12 Christmas Python scripts - 2-3 hours work coding

12 Christmas Python scripts - 2-3 hours work coding

From absolute beginner. These could be used as solutions (given as problems to solve). Or used to copy code and annotate. Or even 'broken' and used as debugging tasks. The scripts all have a Christmas theme to keep learners engaged for the run up to Christmas. The skills / constructs included are: Using strings If, then else Tuples Import time Import webbrowser Maths Append to list Sub routines While loops For loops Sorting Concatenation Casting You will use this invaluable resource with different scenarios over and over again! Enjoy - and merry Christmas to you!
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Edexcel for sample NEA 2017 File handling, subs, global in Python

Edexcel for sample NEA 2017 File handling, subs, global in Python

This is a half term's work on gaining skills for the new 9-1 Edexcel computer science course. Based upon the new Crawdale NEA, it focusses mainly on reading and writing to text files. It includes practice of splitting text files up, and concatenating to create memberID. Sub routines, and practice creating menus with IF statements is also brought in, but more as a practice, than explicitly as lessons. There is a test in week 6, and a mark scheme based on 9-1. Anyone wishing to use Crawdale NEA SAM material would find this a very useful learning tool to begin with. It has been aimed at high ability year 9, or low ability year 10.
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Follow me!  Scratch crazy monsters for EAL or very low ability

Follow me! Scratch crazy monsters for EAL or very low ability

I have created this resource to take the child through adding a sprite, a stage, colour change, music loops, speech, and movement. The theme is crazy monsters, as they are in the disco, you will see the delight when they can have a highly interactive monster change colour and play music loops. There is very little text on the screen, designed for the very young, or those who have English as a second language. They just follow the circles on each slide to add to the coding. There are 36 slides, with a certificate for the basics, then extension work for faster learners. You won't be sorry you bought this idea and activity as you see their engagement and delight.
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Follow me!  Chamak dances, Scratch 38 slide activity for primary

Follow me! Chamak dances, Scratch 38 slide activity for primary

Part of the follow me range, designed for younger learners, non-readers, or EAL pupils. The learners are able to follow the circles on a slide show to code a lady dancing to a guitar. Skills built in this: adding stage adding and editing sprites changing costumes adding music changing beats to suit using a forever loop using delays There are two certificates to be gained in this very engaging lesson(s) This resource could be used by an independent learner, or by a teacher going through the slide in turn. It's real strength though is with non specialists, helping those who are unable, or unwilling to read. The lesson is very visual, and the audio also makes it engaging.
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Beginners Python lists

Beginners Python lists

This lesson, with learning objective and bronze, silver, gold outcomes introduces lists in Python. It uses ideas that they are familiar with, to teach the concept before the coding. Several examples are given, including populated lists, empty lists, and lists which can be appended with inputs. My learners were very engaged with the bronze silver and gold tasks, and all wanted to get researching to complete gold! None of the lesson expects prior Python knowledge other than opening it, and using print("this"). There is an extended learning task on the lesson too.
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Beginners while loop plenaries / starters

Beginners while loop plenaries / starters

There are enough here to attach to a whole harm term of work (7 activities with solutions). The activities can either be used as a warm up starter, a recall to retain, or a plenary to check understanding. The activities are all different, and have things like spot the errors, true false, cloze sentences, amongst other things. Very engaging, and they bring real life situations to what can be quite a dry subject. I hope your learners are enthused with these activities as mine have been.
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Three Python FOR loop lessons

Three Python FOR loop lessons

Delving into FOR loops as all exam boards seem to be keen on creating NEA which uses them extensively. These lessons include loops on string, on integer, in ranges, with 'else', and with some concatenation. All have learning objectives, but can be customised. There are ways of assessing by building from giving code to adapt, to giving the basics of a scenario to turn into variables, statements. There is a test at the end of the three lessons, and it also includes reading from text files, but that question can be deleted if you haven't yet covered that part of the syllabus. These lessons are highly engaging, and suit absolute beginners, up to confident users. They assume no knowledge of FOR loops at the start.
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Engaging two or three week Python project for beginners / intermediate / competent users

Engaging two or three week Python project for beginners / intermediate / competent users

Fabulous presentation for a 2 or 3 week Python project. The idea is that they use IF to make a multiple choice quiz (code examples given). Learners are immediately engaged by following a flow chart, and describing what the diagram does. They then have to alter some pseudocode to come up with the first question for their quiz, using IF a,b,c,d etc. The coding ramps up with scoring, and using ELIF. More competent users are challenged to use a main menu, with sub routines so the end user can choose which quiz they would like to do. Then super human coders can learn how to read and write text files to record the leaderboard. To do this, they must look at the coding for Edexcel Fixture NEA from 2017 (please email me for the files if you don't have them (annemariebradshaw@Hotmail.com). There is also a link to a great independent learning site for Python skills. The presentation includes LO, outcomes, 2 extended learning (hwk) tasks, peer assessment with the focus given on a worksheet, and practice debugging with a sabotage task (which really gets them digging into the code in the most devious of ways :-). Fabulous differentiation got these lessons 'outstanding' on a LW and LO. Feedback from the kids was that they loved working at their own pace, and developing something personal to them. Great stuff!
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Python SEVEN ten min starters / plenaries, short lessons

Python SEVEN ten min starters / plenaries, short lessons

There are 7 ten minute Python starters, or plenaries in this presentation. They include identifying code purpose, spotting errors, discussing efficiency of coding. The codes themselves are also useful for ideas of scripts learners can create, add to, or change. They include IF, sub routine, tuples, and other structures. The kids actually love solving the problems. All but one (open ended one) have the solutions on slide 2, to either share, or use as a mark scheme.
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52 dingbat starters for Computer Science and ICT

52 dingbat starters for Computer Science and ICT

Dingbats are images that make up keywords. I've used this as an end of term whole class game which really engaged the learners in thinking about Computer Science key terms. Great for literacy too. Or they could be used as a starter to hook learners as they enter the room. More suited to year 9 and above, but can be used in KS3 where the learners have been exposed to key terms such as open source, firewall, MP3, magnetic hard drive etc.
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Edexcel NEA preparation for Analysis stage - 9-1

Edexcel NEA preparation for Analysis stage - 9-1

A thorough lesson to prepare year 10 or year 11 learners to tackle the Analysis stage of the NEA. The lesson takes learners through the art of abstracting from a larger problem. Breaking down a task into it's most basic form. They then have practice abstracting detail from two different scenarios. The lesson then moves to the reasons why we decompose, and the importance of making code as simple as possible, adding embellishments later when the bare bones are working. There is opportunity to practice decomposing either singularly, in pairs, or as group work. Possible solutions are given to peer assess, or can be taken out for teacher assessment. The lesson culminates in a test to decompose the first idea presented and abstracted, the Bake Off competition. Homework / extended learning is included, and encourages the learners to abstract and decompose the program controlling a household item.
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Python programming

Python programming

Everything you need to teach Python from the very start, to the more advanced. Includes challenges, and PowerPoint lessons to demonstrate. Scripts are included.
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E-Safety Reputation

E-Safety Reputation

This is a whole E-safety package with five PowerPoint presentations / lessons. There is one for each year group from 7-11. The PowerPoints contain links to films, objectives, tasks, discussion / reflection topics. Tasks can easily be pasted to Word to become individual tasks instead of paired or group discussion / debate. These have been used successfully in PSEE lessons, and also form part of an isolation room pack, and for vulnerable young people who may damage their reputation.
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End of term RE dingbat keyword game, or 25 starters

End of term RE dingbat keyword game, or 25 starters

This is a game of dingbats, where they have to guess the keyword from the images. I have included the answers! You could either use this as an end of term fun lesson, with teams, or use each dingbat as a starter, plenary, or questioning prompt.
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10 Python scripts for very simple games for beginners to learn the basics

10 Python scripts for very simple games for beginners to learn the basics

These scripts start very easy for absolute beginners, and build upon knowledge. There are ten, which could be turned into 10 lessons by just adding starter, plenary, LO's etc. They are fun ways of introducing IF, ELIF, WHILE, tuples, data types, maths, importing functions, using answers as inputs. I've used them in KS3 for lower ability to copy, and get used to accuracy, particularly in indents, and EOL string errors. I've also introduced the concept to KS4, and use them only as a reference point in a laminated book. There will be a second resource which focusses on calling sub routines with global variables, allowing the learners to practice skills needed for GCSE computer science.
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Real life Python challenges

Real life Python challenges

An engaging resource whereby learners work at their own pace through 4 fairly simple challenges. They assume knowledge of lists, random, if, elif, concatenation. The answers are in there, so would need to be deleted by the class teacher. There is extension for each scenario. The pack also contains a test plan to introduce learners to formal testing of their scripts.
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