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How to teach programming using Scratch 

The new computing curriculum is truly transformational. However, many primary teachers and pupils have little or no experience of programming or the thinking skills that underpin it.

This book, classroom-tested and perfected by the author through his website code-it.co.uk, helps teachers to provide their pupils with an exciting, challenging Computer Science curriculum in Key Stage 2. The book can be used to supplement existing programming modules or as a complete KS2 Computer Science program of study.

The author starts by outlining what computational thinking is and which approaches work when teaching programming. He also shows teachers how to promote resilience and problem solving. The book contains a series of programming projects that gradually introduce pupils to algorithm design and evaluation, generalisation and decomposition. Pupils learn how to use sequence, repetition, selection and variables through becoming creators of a wide variety of programming projects, that emphasise Maths, Literacy, Humanities, gaming, music and control.

There are four pupil workbooks to provide structure, resources and home learning links. These are designed to work in conjunction with the teacher book. A growing bank of online videos are available to help teachers improve their own skills and take full advantage of the cross curricular benefits of developing depth in programming.

The Scratch programming language, already widely recognised in schools, is freely accessible online or as a download at home. It is the ideal place to begin programming as there is no other system that allows pupils to create such a wide variety of projects and be used in both primary and secondary education. It also allow pupils to extend their understanding independently through the Scratch online community.

  • Helps teachers provide the full Computer Science curriculum for Key Stage 2
  • Can be used to supplement existing programming modules or as a complete computer science program
  • Provides full support structure for teachers and students
  • Carefully selected programming projects tested and perfected on code-it.co.uk website
  • Author involved in creating and refining the new Computing Curriculum through the BCS and CASISBN 9781908684530
  • Phil Bagge is a Computing Inspector/Advisor working for Hampshire Inspection & Advisory Service. CAS (Computing at Schools) Regional Coordinator and Primary Computing Master Teacher funded by the DfE. Phil was involved at the drafting stage in creating and refining the new Computing Curriculum through the BCS and CAS.

ISBN  9781908684530

 

Price: £20.00

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Code-It Workbook 4 

Programming is a very open ended discipline. It provides substantial transferable skills as it calls upon kids to develop their numeracy and literacy in order to instruct a computer to do what they require it to accomplish. These four student workbooks are progressive, and loosely, though not exclusively, based on the four years within the KS2 curriculum.

Full support for the new KS2 Computer Science National Curriculum!

At KS2 children learn essential coding skills to create and debug programs with specific goals. They will develop logical reasoning skills to explain simple algorithms, learn to detect and correct errors in programs, and to use websites and other internet services safely and responsibly. The Scratch programming language, already used widely in schools, is freely accessible online at home: no other system allows junior age pupils to learn with such independence, nor create such a wide variety of projects.

The four student workbooks in the Code-IT Primary Programming series are progressively, though not exclusively, based on the four years within the KS2 curriculum.

Problem Solving using Scratch

Think, program and debug exciting programming projects

  • Times Tables Game
  • Perimeter
  • Clock
  • Cartesian Coordinates
  • Translation, Enlargement & Rotation
  • Primary Games Maker
  • Tilt Switch
  • Chatbot

Use analytical computational thinking skills of algorithm design, algorithm evaluation, decomposition, generalisation and abstraction.

Extend resilience and problem solving through the computational doing skills of converting algorithm into code and debugging.

Develop knowledge of sequence, repetition, selection and variable use.

Program Lego models using Lego Wedo and Scratch.

Utilise optional homework activities to extend learning beyond the classroom.

Problem Solving using Scratch contains all the pupil resources that complement the skills presented in the teacher resource book, How to Teach Primary Programming Using Scratch (Year 6, Chapter 5).

Phil Bagge is a Computing Inspector/Advisor working for Hampshire Inspection & Advisory Service. CAS (Computing at Schools) Regional Coordinator and Primary Computing Master Teacher funded by the DfE. Phil was involved at the drafting stage in creating and refining the new Computing Curriculum through the BCS and CAS.

ISBN 9791908684578

Price: £6.99

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11+ Essentials Verbal Reasoning: Grammar and Spelling 

Representative of the verbal reasoning and creative writing type questions of multi-discipline CEM style 11 plus exams, this collection, developed from conventional classroom testing sessions, combines a variety of multiple choice and more elaborate questions. Varying question styles including a selection of multiple choice questions are used to identify grammatical and spelling errors, provide word definitions, and to drill correct sentence structure with partial words, shuffled sentences and extraneous and/or missing words. All assist in providing knowledge and confidence to answer questions that test and strengthen grammar, spelling and vocabulary.

Though preparation for CEM-style exams is meant to be difficult, the First Past the Post 11 + Essentials series introduce disciplines which emphasise logical problem-solving, practise various question types and encourage lateral thinking. Ideal preparation for CEM-style (Durham University) exams in 11 plus; Broad coverage of grammar, spelling and vocabulary; Fully classroom-tested by over 5.000 kids; The most relevant and up-to-date practice tests; A range of multiple choice and more searching question styles test knowledge and skills; Ample training for any level of 11 plus exam; Answers and question-specific explanations provide familiarisation and realistic practice ahead of the tests to build knowledge and confidence, and ensure success.

The introduction of the new and fast-developing CEM and hybrid exam styles has only served to widen and grow this important niche market, yet unlike ElevenPlusExams few publishers are in a position to address it with such relavant, up-to-date and crucially classroom-tested material.

ISBN: 9781908684646

Price: £8.99

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11+ Essentials Verbal Reasoning: Vocabulary 

A versatile and well-developed vocabulary is a vital component of 11 plus and Common Entrance exams but is often one of the more difficult to attain. This collection of multiple choice tests, based on conventional classroom testing sessions, is representative of the verbal reasoning and creative writing type questions of multi-discipline CEM style 11 plus exams. A range of vocabulary topics and question styles identify and drill the use of synonyms, antonyms and homonyms providing the confidence to answer questions that test and explore vocabulary.

Extensively road-tested by Eleven Plus Exams, all 11+ Essentials tests are best used as real exam practice to benchmark a child s performance and to identify areas for improvement. They are perfect for use both in the classroom and at home. The suggested time for each paper is based on data obtained from conventional classroom testing sessions. Though preparation for CEM-style exams is meant to be difficult, the First Past the Post 11 + Essentials series introduce disciplines which emphasise logical problem-solving, practise various question types and encourage lateral thinking.

Ideal preparation for CEM-style (Durham University) exams in 11 plus; Broad coverage of antonyms, synonyms and homonyms to develop broad vocabulary; Fully classroom-tested by over 5.000 kids; The most relevant and up-to-date practice tests; A range of multiple choice and more searching question styles testing knowledge and skills; Ample training for any level of 11 plus exam; Answers and question-specific explanations provide familiarisation and realistic practice ahead of the tests to build knowledge and confidence, and ensure success. The introduction of the new and fast-developing CEM and hybrid exam styles has only served to widen and grow this important niche market, yet unlike ElevenPlusExams few publishers are in a position to address it with such relavant, up-to-date and crucially classroom-tested material.

ISBN: 9781908684639

Price: £8.99

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