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Variables Unplugged

This activity away from the computer is from the Barefoot Computing project. It is intended to provide a theoretical understanding of why and how variables are used in computer programming, using the example of score-keeping in a classroom quiz. Involving several volunteers from the group, the activity uses...

Scratch Maths Quiz Variables

This Barefoot Computing resource builds on the ‘Maths quiz with selection’ learning activities which should be undertaken first.

It involves improving an existing Scratch maths quiz and adding score-keeping using variables – a quiz Scratch file is provided for students who do not have access to one they made...

Selecting Search Results

This Barefoot Computing primary school resource helps children to Understand how search engines work. By acting as a ‘web crawler’ and collecting information across a small selection of web pages, they learn what in data is indexed by search engines and how this is used when a search query is received. As well as...

Topical Science Updates

Topical Science Updates are monthly newsletters for schools focusing on some of the big, quirky and interesting science stories in the news. 

Each month 3 or 4 stories are featured to help teachers embed topical science in their everyday teaching.

Each story has links to articles, video clips and...

Practical Biofuel Activities

This booklet contains background information about the science involved in the field of bioenergy and biofuels. There are also a range of practical activities with instructions. The topics look at sustainable development plant science, microbiology, chemistry and a range of other areas of science and technology,...

Linnean Learning Posters

There are four posters in this resource covering the following areas of the biology curriculum:

  • Biodiversity: gives an overview of what biodiversity is, how it is measured and the threats to biodiversity
  • Classification: describes the main features of classification and the binomial system of...

Beat the Flood STEM challenge

In this resource, students use their STEM skills to help them design and build a model of a flood- proof house. Activities to help them with their design include testing materials (for strength and absorbency) and structures. Set on a fictitious island coping with the devastating effects of flooding caused by...

What About a Career in Technology? (KS3/4)

Students learn about careers in software engineering, artificial intelligence and cyber security, among many others, with advice from people in the field.

Each career is illustrated with career stories and advice of an individual with extensive experience in that role. In addition, the lesson also includes...

bubble sort

3 excel documents used to explore bubble sort.

starter
This document should be made available to students.
Students should be able to figure out what to do without any instruction.
Students need to sort a number of vairables but can only compare two at a time.

bubble_machine
This...

Bitesize CPD - Secondary - Developing questions

From their work on questioning Wragg and Brown (1993) identified a range of common errors that teachers may employ when they are using questions in the classroom:

  1. Asking too many questions at once.
  2. Asking a question and answering it yourself.
  3. Asking questions only of the brightest or...

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