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Scratch junior

ScratchJr is an introductory programming language that enables young students to create their own interactive stories and games. Students snap together graphical programming blocks to make characters move, jump, dance, and sing. Students can modify characters in the paint editor, add their own voices and sounds,...

Printable Scratch blocks

Two different sets of printable Scratch blocks that could be used for display or for unplugged programming in upper key stage 1 classrooms as an introduction to programming.

Alec Jackson is the author of the Scratch block cutouts resource.

James Holmes, Gary Setchell, Keith Madderson and Cobie van de...

STEM Learning primary magazine - summer 2017

In this issue of the STEM Learning magazine Dr Ajay Sharman gives his opinion about when and how we can help primary students to start thinking about the jobs and opportunities...

STEM Learning primary magazine - spring 2017

In this issue of the STEM Learning magazine Alison Hogben describes how the mastery approach to teaching mathematics can significantly impact the teaching and learning in a primary school in the article Mastering mathematics. the magazine also features the following articles:

  • STEM Ambassadors help bring...

STEM Learning primary magazine - autumn 2016

This issue of the magazine focuses on assessment in primary education, how to drive science education in the primary classroom,  demonstrates the effects of using a pulley and even how to open a museum in a school! Karen Brunyee,Primary Professional National Lead, describes how to incorporate STEM...

IT beyond the school

A collection of lessons exploring how IT is used in various non-school settings, a supermarket, a bank and a library.

Students role play what happens to tins of beans is a supermarket. How they are tracked using a list (database) and removed from the list when they are bought. How when the list is empty tins...

Play and learn: being online

This activity book offers students aged 5 to 7 a glimpse into the impact modern technology on their everyday life. It also offers an opportunity for parents and teachers to sit together with their students and discuss important issues, such as online privacy, protecting privacy, protection of a computer and online...

Lego building algorithm activity

In this adaptable lesson plan children create a simple model (out of Lego or similar) and then take photos to create instructions (an algorithm) for other children to recreate their model. By removing one block at a time they are decomposing the problem into manageable steps. Teachers may wish to split this lesson...

Guess the algorithm

A simple and easily adaptable idea to introduce how algorithms work by allowing students to work out algorithms by a guessing game without the use of a computer. The activity is based on function machines that are used in mathematics at primary school but the level of difficulty can be amplified depending on what...

Are computers clever?

This activity is designed to assess whether or not children understand that although computers can sometimes look clever, they do not actually display any intelligence. They are asked to compare a computer with a human and then describe how both the computer and the human cope with the unexpected.

Theresa...

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