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Key Stage Three Assessment Framework

Produced by Oldbury Wells School, this set of 'I Can...' statements can be used for self-assessment and teacher assessment of computing skills and knowledge. Linked to the popular 'Progression Pathways' published by Computing at School, the documents use accessible language and an easy-to-read layout. Suitable for...

Scratch Beginners

This unit of six lessons does not assume any prior programming knowledge and covers the following guidelines in the National Curriculum:

*Design - write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller...

Scratch

A ten-lesson sequence progressing from the basics of Scratch through to creating simple games. It includes:

*drawing shapes and using repeats
*accepting keyboard input to control the movement of sprites
*planning algorithms using flow diagrams and executing them in Scratch
*importing and...

Algorithms

The video explains the purpose of the activity which is to understand that different algorithms will produce the same results, but some methods are more efficient than others.This is an unplugged activity which means that the computing principles are understood without the use of a computer. Students use tangram...

Computational Thinking

The video explains the purpose of the task which is to understand the concept of computational thinking. This is an unplugged activity which means that students explore the concept without the use of a computer.

In this activity, students attempt to understand the four steps of computational thinking....

Creating, Learning and Programming with Scratch Guides

The programming language Scratch enables students to create characters which are able to dance, sing, and interact with one another. Students are able to create images that whirl, spin, and animate in response to movements of the mouse and integrate images with sound effects and music clips. Students can create an...

The Internet

The video explains the purpose of the activity which is, in simple terms, how the Internet works. This is an unplugged activity meaning that computing concepts are learnt without the use of a computer. All relevent terminology is explained. The lesson shows students pretending to flow through the Internet, whilst...

Super Scratch Programming Adventure

Aimed at primary level this resource provides an introduction to Scratch and includes activities in which children learn about sprites and how to create programmes in which they move and react in different ways. The booklet provides background information on Scratch and the fundamentals of programming. It also...

Sensing Our World

The joy and challenge of building ‘cheap and cheerful’ sensors has a wide appeal to adults as well as children. It also opens a wide number of links to aspects of the mathematics, science, computing, design and technology, and engineering curricula, supporting scientific investigation and discovery. These...

Plant growth

The growth of plants in space is a keen area of experimentation, including ongoing work aboard the International Space Station. Successful crops will help astronauts to spend longer in space, boosting their healthy diet while reducing the mass of prepared food that must be transported from Earth.

Using a...

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