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Report of the NAHT Commission on Assessment (February 2014)

The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) established an independent Commission on assessment following the Secretary of State’s decision to remove levels and their associated descriptors from the National Curriculum from September 2014. The Commission, comprising a panel of experienced practitioners, met...

STEM Learning magazine: primary - summer 2016

This STEM Learning magazine aimed at all primary teachers contains articles devoted to teaching science, mathematics, design and technology and computing at primary level. Articles include: 

  • What does primary STEM look like?
  • Taking the next step in coding
  • Could the...

STEM Learning magazine: secondary - summer 2016

Mathematics Subject Specialist, Michael Anderson, discusses the questions the Principia mission poses, as well as the range of support materials available to teachers as Tim Peake returns to Earth from the International Space Station.

Gill Collinson, Head of Centre, National STEM Learning Centre and Network...

The Scratch patch - substitution cipher

This project, exploring basic encryption, is a useful introduction to data security as well as iterating through strings to manipulate them. The program create a ‘substitution cipher’, one of the most basic forms of encryption. It also demonstrates that, for more complex chained commands, Scratch becomes rather...

The Scratch patch - error handling

This activity is an introduction to writing programs that can handle errors. It also helps students to understand number bases, by guiding them through the writing of a ‘base converter’ program.

Introduction To Computer Programming

Introduction To Computer Programming using Basic progamming language.

Basic is a simple language emulating the more complex languages used in commerce and industry for financial mamagement, etc.

The exercise covers input, print, output, +, -, X,  ÷ , =, <, >, <> , if...then, while...wned,...

Burglar Alarm Made With a Clothes Peg

Electric Burglar Alarm Made With a Clothes Peg. Kits of ten sets are available to borrow if you are in Covetnry and Warwickshire or by arrangement.

The Safety Deposit Vault

This is an exercise with complex spreadsheets and mail-merged documents. It is based on an actual implementation in a vaut with over 1500 boxes of different sizes.

The simplified example uses nine boxes of three different sizes, each has the price for annual box rental.

Also recorded are the renters'...

Spectroscopy

Make a spectroscope from recycled materials.

Fan or Turbine Efficiency

A practical challenge for pupils based on a Design Council finalist project carried out by a 17 year-old.

The project includes the need for the pupils to provide a full report on their work.

 

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