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What Are Search Engines?

This 'concept card' explains search engines - *How they work, *What they do *How they rank results *Why they are important It relates knowledge of search engines to the requirements of the National Curriculum, and highlights specific activities that can help children to learn about these omnipresent, but mystical,...

Viking Raid

This paired-programming activity from the Barefoot Computing project focusses on sequences in algorithms and programs.

Children create an animation of a Viking raid – ideally they will have previously studied Vikings but this is not crucial. A Scratch file is provided for the children to build on, containing...

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...

Designing and Building Software at Key Stage One

From the Nuffield Foundation, these activities allow children to work in teams to design and build a piece of interactive, multimedia presentation software for other children to enjoy and learn from. The teams produce one final product and test their design ideas on the target audience, which may be another class...

Teaching the KS2 Role Play Lesson

In this resource from Teachers TV Alison Clough and Claire Caulfield from St Benet's Roman Catholic Primary School, County Durham, team-teach a lesson on the importance of healthy eating to Year Five students.

The students are asked to plan and make a news report, which encourages them to think about the...

Computing Concept Cards

Used to support teaching of computing in primary schools, these information sheets offer primary teachers an explanation of the six key concepts of computational thinking as defined by CAS (Computing at School).

The resource, created by the Barefoot Computing project, would prove useful to teachers new to...

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...

Let's Get Physical (Summer 2015)

This edition of the Computing at School (CAS) newsletter is focused on physical computing, and features:

*The BBC Micro-Bit and Make It Digital projects

*CPD tips with Barefoot and Quickstart

*Primary school activities with Scratch and Makey Makey

*Scratch projects with Microsoft Kinect...

Getting to Grips with Computing (Summer 2012)

This edition of the Computing at School newsletter contains articles covering:

*Computing curriculum change

*Programming pedagogy

*Database Detectives, a Digital School House resource

*Unplugged computing

*Scratch in the primary classroom

*Real robotics – outreach from...

Computing in the Curriculum: The Word is Out (Autumn 2011)

This edition of the Computing at School newsletter contains articles on:

*Using Scratch4Arduino in primary schools to make musical instruments

*Learning algorithms with folk dancing and fairy tales

*Kodu programming

*Developing computing schemes of work

*Functional programming...

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