Python for Key Stage 2

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This short scheme of work, from Jon Chippindall, introduces upper-primary children to text-based programming using Python. It assumes some previous experience of visual programming using Scratch, Kodu or similar, and will provide the skills and knowledge needed to write short programs.

The six lessons, which include worksheets, cover a range of skills that are then applied in a choice of final projects. The IDLE programming environment is used – this is free to download.

The lessons build upon each other, and cover:

• An introduction to Python and the IDLE environment

• Printing to screen and simple calculations.

• Variables and comments

• Taking user input

• Selection – using conditional statements (if, elif and else) and comparison operators.

• Coding challenges – artificial intelligence, or text-based adventures

The resource also includes a glossary of the terms used.

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