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Session Four: Understanding More Python Commands

This activity in the Rapid Router series takes children further in their transition to text-based programming in Python.

By creating Blockly programs and comparing them to the automatically-generated Python code, children are encouraged to identify code which matches. The complexity of the problems is...

Session Five: Writing Basic Code Directly in Python

This activity makes the leap from Blockly to Python programming. The 'grocery van driving challenge' is reduced from previous lessons to allow students to concentrate on syntax and correct coding using a limited set of instructions. Matching of Blockly and Python code is encouraged to assist the transition.


Session Six: Flying Solo with Python

This lesson activity further develops Python programming ability by introducing additional commands such as WHILE, IF, ELSE and ELIF. Debugging of programs is featured, and extension activities lead to the writing of functions that use COUNT IN RANGE() to control repetition. Students are also encouraged to mark-up...

Session Seven: Increase the Challenge - Creating New Python Variables, Incrementing Variables.

This activity goes further into Python programming by expanding the range of repetition and selection commands used. Students also practice debugging of code.

Variables are explained before making use of incremented variables to solve challenges in Python.

Other programming practices, including...

Session Eight: Assessment Session – Applying your Coding

In this, the final activity of a sequence of eight, children are asked to use their knowledge to create a challenge using Rapid Router, solvable using Python. It will ask their partner to use procedures, increment variables and apply different methods of control flow.

The resource includes an overview of...

Ed Armitage Explains Functions Procedures

In this video, a software engineer working on warehouse operations at Ocado, talks about his role.

He then explains functions - how they are used to abstract blocks of code that will be reused.

Real-life comparisons, such as walking across the classroom, are made - these help children to...

Kenny Introduces Real Programming Language Python

In this short video, a software engineer at Ocado Technology explains his role. He then introduces Python as a tool that is used to develop the Ocado website, explaining that the next series of 'Rapid Router' challenges will use the text-based language.

Session Two: Starting off On-Screen With the App

The second lesson in a series of 10 introduces children further to the online programming learning environment Rapid Router. Using the Scratch-like language 'Blockly' children build simple sequences of instructions and start to debug.

The resource includes worksheets, answers, assessment forms and wall...

Session Three: Creating Simple Algorithms to Reach a Single Destination

In the third lesson of the course, children use direct 'remote control' of the Rapid router van to gain experience before starting to program their own sequences of commands. They also start to debug simple sequences.

The resource contains assessment records, wall displays, and activity solutions.

Session Four: Creating Simple Algorithms to Reach a Single Destination Along the Shortest Route

In the 4th lesson of a series for lower primary school computing, children use the online Rapid Router environment to learn more about algorithms. They learn that there can be more than one algorithm to achieve the same outcome, and that these can be selected according to efficiency. They further debug sequences in...


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