Practical Ideas for the New Primary Curriculum

This list provides resources linked to the  2015 ASE workshop  Practical Ideas for the New Primary Curriculum, which looked at the new computing curriculum and how to incorporate it into other subject areas.

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Computing in the National Curriculum: a Guide for Primary Teachers

Produced by Computing at School, this document provides a comprehensive guide to the new computing curriculum at primary level. It provides an overview of expectations at KS1 and KS2, subject knowledge, planning, resourcing and assessment.

publication year
2010 to 2019

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Computing key word posters

This resource contains ten posters which explain key words in the primary computing curriculum.

‘Al-the-gorilla’ explains what each key word means in a fun and informative way. The key words described are algorithm, debug, input, output, process, program, repetition, selection and sequence.

publication year
2010 to 2019

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The Gingerbread Man Bee Bot Cards

Aimed at early years and lower primary this resource supports the learning of basic programming. It contains a set of flashcards based on characters and scenes from The Gingerbread Man. These cards are 15x15cm and so are ideal for using with a Beebot programmable robot (as this is the distance that the Beebot robot travels during each movement).

publication year
2010 to 2019

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Computer Science Unplugged

A collection of twenty activities to aid the teaching and learning of computer science through engaging games and puzzles using cards, string, crayons and lots of running around. Aimed originally at upper primary and lower secondary school aged students it could be adapted for use with other age groups.

The Card Flip Magic resource uses a magic trick to show how to detect when data has been corrupted, and how to correct it.

Battleships-Searching Algorithms using the game battleshiops to demonstrates three different search methods: linear searching, binary searching and hashing. That computers use to find information in large collections of data. It includes extension activities and resource materials for use when playing the games.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Bit and Byte go fishing with Scratch

This resource provides an introduction to Scratch for younger students. It features two children making a version of the basic demo FishChomp game by stacking up blocks and discussing the process involved.

The basic principles of programming covered include: stacking up blocks to make actions, fixing bugs, getting help and using ideas from other projects.

publication year
2010 to 2019

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The World's Biggest Shadow

The guide also contains challenges as part of the AstroPi schools competition. Children are asked to think of ways to use the Raspberry Pi computer and a specially-developed sensor suite to experiment in space. No programming expertise is required.

Part of the AstroPi project with UK Space Agency and Raspberry Pi Foundation, investigates sunlight and shadows in a space context.

The sequence of activities is linked to other resources in the eLibrary, starting from basic ideas about light and progressing through to discussion of lunar eclipses.

publication year
2010 to 2019

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