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What is Simulation?

This guide sheet from the Barefoot project explains simulation for the benefit of teachers, including what it is and why it is used. The use of simulations in the primary computing curriculum is explained, with links to the National Curriculum in each primary school key stage. The guide links to, and supports, a...

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Computational Thinking Approaches

Five guides for teachers that help them develop classroom practice to encourage computational thinking. The approaches covered include:

*Tinkering - trying things out

*Creating - planning, making and evaluating things

*Debugging - finding out why things don't happen exactly as you want...

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Make a Game Project

In this multi-lesson project pupils design and code a computer game. It uses a rainforest theme but can be adapted to any topic, with learners of varying age or ability. The project includes: *Decomposition of the elements of a game *Designing the game *Creating assets for the game, such as background images and...

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Introduction to HTML: Lesson One

This lesson activity introduces children to HTML. They learn that webpages are constructed using HTML and investigate the code used to create an example website. They then use the free 'web remix' software, Mozilla X-Ray Goggles, to change aspects of the page. An extension activity encourages remixing of popular...

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Animated Poem Decomposition Activity

This cross-curricular computing / ICT activity helps children to understand decomposition. They choose a poem and create an animation using Scratch; this encourages them to think deeply about the poem, and to explore the tools available. Children break the poem into pieces (decomposition), then plan the animation...

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ScratchJr Knock Knock Joke Activity

This Barefoot activity for young programmers exploits the sequencing and timing of joke-telling to help students learn good programming techniques. After planning an animation using a storyboard technique they then code it using the Scratch Jr app, and debug it. Tips for supporting the less able, as well as...

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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...

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Personal information

These materials have been developed to give teachers a creative and engaging set of resources for use in the classroom, supplying the tools needed to raise awareness of key issues around personal information.

The primary school lesson plans explore what is meant by personal information, and give students the...

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E-safety scenario cards

A class set of 15 different e-safety scenarios for students to act out in. This could be used in a PSHE or computing lesson to reinforce ways to keep safe online.

Katrina Morris is the author of this resource.

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How the Internet works (practical task)

A complete unplugged activity for a lesson in how data packets travel across the internet, and how the complete message that they contain is reassembled. The activity also has provision for students to film themselves participating in the process and explaining the stages that everything goes through. There are...

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