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AlwaysComputing

I'm a specialist computing teacher in a large primary school in Bradford, so I basically play around with computers all day! I LOVE anything to do with MakeyMakey and Kodu so a lot of my stuff is based around these programs. I also qualified as a level 2 CAS Master Teacher last year so if you have any tech questions or queries please tweet me @alwayscomputing Please comment and share anything you like!

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I'm a specialist computing teacher in a large primary school in Bradford, so I basically play around with computers all day! I LOVE anything to do with MakeyMakey and Kodu so a lot of my stuff is based around these programs. I also qualified as a level 2 CAS Master Teacher last year so if you have any tech questions or queries please tweet me @alwayscomputing Please comment and share anything you like!
Minecraft Resource Pack
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Minecraft Resource Pack

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This is a pack of lesson ideas for teachers looking to use Minecraft as a creative outlet for topics, or those new to the software who are looking for an interesting way in. It’s also perfect for lunchtime and after school clubs. The cards could be printed out for pupils to look at and choose their own activity. There are 7 different activities with a worksheet to go with, and a poster for your classroom to show pupils the controls. Please review and share, and questions please tweet me @alwayscomputing
Advertising - Create Your Own Chocolate Bar
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Advertising - Create Your Own Chocolate Bar

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A 4 week unit of work with children designing and planning their own chocolate bar, then they produce an advertising campaign to go with it. It looks at what makes a good advert, persuasive language, letter writing, and some drama activities. It includes 4 weeks of planning, with corresponding PowerPoints to guide you and the pupils through the unit. I have also included a work sheet to print and work with. PLEASE REVIEW! Follow me on twitter @alwayscomputing for more teacher resources and inspiration!
Kodu Independent Learning Cards - UPDATED
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Kodu Independent Learning Cards - UPDATED

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I have created a set of 8 independent learning cards to be used with the program Kodu. These are designed for pupils to pick up and explore on their own to develop their own programming skills. The cards consist of 5 possible games the children can create, and 3 interesting world maps. They also include a QR code link to a video guide on how to make the game. **The QR codes had failed so this resource has been updated to ensure they are working**
Cryptography and Code Breaking - KS2
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Cryptography and Code Breaking - KS2

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5 different lesson ideas all based around the theme of cryptography and code breaking. I've seen lots of stuff for secondary pupils on this topic, but nothing for primary, so I thought I'd give it a go! This could easily be adapted for KS3 as well too though! The last PPT on steganography needs you to download a little exe application on the computer, so make sure you've done that before the start of the lesson! Please review and give me some feedback as I'd love to add to it and expand on this. The lessons are all on PPT, and then the guides are little sheets for the pupils to use in the lessons to help them. This can be a really fun topic so I hope they come in handy!
Chicken Clicking E-Safety Unit
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Chicken Clicking E-Safety Unit

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The book Chicken Clicking, by Jeanne Willis, is a wonderful introduction to e-safety, and gives children a simple and clear understanding of the dangers when using the internet. The story is well written and the illustrations are great for young pupils. This unit of work goes through the book, with children taking part in different activities, learning about how to keep themselves safe. Included is a unit of work, resource work sheets and examples. If you have any questions please tweet my @AlwaysComputing.
Year 5 Google Sketchup - Design a Bedroom
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Year 5 Google Sketchup - Design a Bedroom

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A very basic unit of work looking at introducing the skills of Google Sketchup to year 5's. They design a bedroom in stages over the unit, adding trickier elements as they progress. For more resources and inspiration follow me on twitter @theICTeacher
Alien Databases - Intro to how a database works
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Alien Databases - Intro to how a database works

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PowerPoint, with activity cards, taking pupils through databases and how they work. I've included the picture of the aliens I've used for display purposes. The lesson goes through how we split a database into records and fields.
KS2 - Computing Starter Pack!
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KS2 - Computing Starter Pack!

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Great bundle price! Individually they should be £11! So you save 45%!!! New to the subject or just want some new ideas? Sometimes Computing can be a scary subject to teach when you don't know where to start! I've bundled together a few of my personal favourite units to teach, and knocked off a good discount! Enjoy! @AlwaysComputing
Computing Skills Assessment Tool - Primary
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Computing Skills Assessment Tool - Primary

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I have used these progression sheets and data charts and shared them with other schools I work with, and it has proven popular. I have gone through the computing curriculum, picking out key skills, and assigning them to to an age range. Having this guide of where your pupils should be at can prove invaluable to non-computing teaching staff in a primary school. It also gives a rough indicator of the type of program or software pupils could be using to get to this skill set. I also still hold much value to the digital literacy skills pupils were taught under the old ICT curriculum. This is why I have included a progression sheet for this too. I use this daily with pupils, and is great for tracking their skills development. Any questions please get in touch @AlwaysComputing
Makey Makey Challenge Cards
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Makey Makey Challenge Cards

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In my classroom I aim for the pupils to independently use the resources available to them in order for them to develop their skills at their own pace. These card are designed to be used with a Makey Makey board and a set of different classroom objects. They should be laminated when printed so thank the children can draw their ideas on them. Challenge pupils to come up with interesting and creative ideas without you having to prod them every step of the way!
PenguinPig - Esafety Unit of Work
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PenguinPig - Esafety Unit of Work

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The book PenguinPig, by Stuart Spendlow, is a wonderful introduction to e-safety, and gives children a simple and clear understanding of the dangers when using the internet. The story is well written and the illustrations by Amy Bradley are great for young pupils. This unit of work goes through the book, with children taking part in different activities, learning about how to keep themselves safe and whether everything they see is to be believed! Included is a unit of work, resource work sheets and examples. If you have any questions please tweet my @AlwaysComputing.
Viking Longhouses - Google Sketchup Intro Unit - MODELS INCLUDED
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Viking Longhouses - Google Sketchup Intro Unit - MODELS INCLUDED

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A quick introduction to Google Sketchup, with pupils creating a model of a viking Longhouse. Work is set over a period of 5 weeks, with each lesson adding a step and feature. Variety of skills used. Finally managed to work out how to upload Sketchup files so it comes with 2 models. One is a step by step guide, the other is an example. This is perfect for any schools with a 3D Printer!! If you have any questions please contact me on Twitter @AlwaysComputing
Google Sketchup Bundle - 3d Printing
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Google Sketchup Bundle - 3d Printing

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A collection of resources for you to use with Google Sketchup. A piece of free software perfect for schools with a 3d printer. The units have all been made and used with primary age children, but can easily be adapted. Includes a resource with a collection of Sketchup models pre built. Perfect for examples or demonstrations.
Kodu - The Complete Guide
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Kodu - The Complete Guide

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I've been using Kodu for a while now, and decided to pull everything I have together for this starter pack. Kodu is great for the new curriculum as it allows pupils to code and programme a game in real time, seeing how their programming affects the game instantly. In this pack I have included 2 units of work, a beginner and a more advanced level, as well as lots of bits to go with it. For anybody new to the programme, or to computing, this should be a great way to get going. Any questions about it tweet me @alwayscomputing
Get Blogging!
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Get Blogging!

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A half term unit of work on creating effective blog spaces with your pupils. Aimed at upper KS2, but can easily be adapted to suit different year groups. Goes through different stages of creating a successful blog post, and how we can make them interesting rather than just pictures of cats!
Computing Year 1 - Barnaby Bear
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Computing Year 1 - Barnaby Bear

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6 week unit of work for computing/ICT based on the topic Barnaby Bear. I have used this with year 1 but it could easily be adapted for different year groups. Resources needed are purplemash and some of the 2simple software products, but again, activities could be adapted to use software you have in school.
Year 5 - Two week Poetry Unit
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Year 5 - Two week Poetry Unit

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Two weeks of poetry taught in a year 5 classroom, tried and tested by myself. The unit includes a variety of poetry styles, with a range of different activities for pupils to take part in. The poems used in the unit are included on the slides, and can easily be printed separately to hand out in class.