GCSE Computing Tackling the A452 Research task
Saturday, 21 September 2013 at 09:30 - Saturday, 28 September 2013 at 16:30 (BST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Hands-on GCSE Computing
Strategies to improve pupils’ outcomes with the research task
Course description and aims
This is a two day course aimed at teachers following the GCSE Computing specifications and wanting to improve pupil engagement and achievement with the Research Task involving HTML and Java Script. It will also supportthe theory, such as: the Hardware, particularly, the role of the CPU, as it is absolutely required for the Little Man’s Computer task.
Delegates may book either day 1 or day 2 or both days. Both days are especially designed to work as stand-alone days. They are related, but focus on two separate assessment tasks.
DAY 2: Approaching the Little Man Computer simulation for…as above
Benefits of attending this course
By the end of the course delegates will have:
· The tools and techniques to approach the Little Man Computer Simulation controlled assessment activity with confidence
· Understood the key requirements for pupils to be successful in the course
· A base, tools and resources to approach the theory concepts with confidence
Who should attend?
Suitable for teachers with little or no programming background. Targeted at leaders and members of departments who would like to teach programming but lack the confidence to do so, as well as teachers who are looking for a more fun with effective and painless approach to introducing pupils to real world coding, including differentiation and scaffolding needed with lower ability pupils.
Day 1 GCSE Computing –Developing skills in the use of Java Script and HTML.
10.00 – 10:15am: What is the Research Task. Where do pupils go wrong?
· 452 sample assessment briefs from the examination board
· Presenting examples of success and strategies of overcoming where pupils go wrong
Inserting a script
Using variables and arrays
Input and output via messages boxes and page writes
11:00 – 11:2am: Break
· Set up web forms
· Validate input
· Use Functions
12:40 – 1:30pm: Lunch and informal discussion
2:45 –3:00pm: Break
3:00 – 4.00pm: Approaching the Controlled Assessment Task
· Sample assessment material with practical suggestions to approaching the live task units
Day 2 Approaching the Little Man Computer Simulation
10.00 - 11:00am: Supporting the theory –A451 teaching theory and examination questions
· What is involved in teaching Computing Hardware – a look at some interesting teaching ideas and strategies – focus on examination type questions and what is being looked at.
· Understanding data representation bits, bytes and binary addition and hexadecimal
· Look at some of the questions related to these topics from the GCSE Past Paper Questions identifying the patterns in the marking scheme and model answers
11:00 – 11:20am: Morning refreshment break
11:20 – 12:40pm: Little Man Computer Simulation (1) -How does it work?
Look at the place of the LMC in the overall assessment of A452
· Introduction to the LMC using
· Input, output, add, subtract and store.
· Write you first sorting program, use of branching to produce programs which output a series of even and odd numbers
12:40 – 1:30pm: Lunch
13:30 – 14:45 Little Man Computer Simulation (2)
The more advanced features such as
· Combining loops in the LMC with branching and conditional branching
· Using loops to produce division and multiplication solutions
· Nested loops in the LMC
2:45 –3:00pm: Break
3:00 – 4:00pm Approaching the Controlled Assessment Task
A look at sample assessment material with practical suggestions for live task units