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GCSE Computing Tackling the A452 Research task

Computing at Schools High Wycombe

Saturday, 21 September 2013 at 09:30 - Saturday, 28 September 2013 at 16:30 (BST)

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GCSE Computing Tacking the A452 Research task Ended £120.00 £7.85
GCSE Computing Introductio to Java Script Day 1 21/9/2013 Ended £70.00 £0.00
GCSE Computing Using the Littleman Computer Simulation and Theory worksh Ended £70.00 £0.00

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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.

Training will be provided in the techniques employed within the assessment activities using JavaScript and the Little Man Computer simulation.  We aim to provide a number of strategies to support teachers and give them the confidence to approach the assessment activities through practical and user-friendly sessions.  We will look at exemplar assessment material and the related examples, so that through the gradual cycle of stepwise improvement we can establish how pupils will be scaffolded and differentiated needs supported.

DAY 1: Developing your skills in JavaScript

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

·         The practical knowledge to approach the JavaScript controlled assessment activity to program and trouble-shoot other people’s code reliably

·         Understood the key requirements for pupils to be successful in the course

·         A base, tools and resources to approach the theory concepts with confidence

·         Understanding how to design an algorithm in pseudocode and apply that to JavaScript and the Little Man Computer implementation of an Assembler language

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

10:15 – 11:00am:  JavaScript Starting out (how to use produce simple input and output functions, as well selection and iteration techniques.   This session will be a practical hands-on session where delegates will be working through classroom activities to equip them with the basic skills in logic and techniques in the language. A crash course on HTML and CSS will be given if needed but the assumption is the delegates would know it already as it was part of the ICT. If needed, we could also do an intro on the 7 Strands of Computing: Algorithms, Assignments, Abstraction, Input/Output, Iteration, Selection, HUI as they relate to any programming language.

Inserting a script

Using variables and arrays

Input and output via messages boxes and page writes

11:00 – 11:2am:  Break

11:20 – 12:40pm JavaScript Level 2 Advanced work in Java Script This leads on from the session in the morning where this time delegates will use the more advanced features of the JavaScript application and how it relates to programming on the web.  Delegates will create objects on a webpage and learn through this how to

·         Set up web forms

·         Validate input

·         Use Functions


12:40 – 1:30pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1:30 – 2:45pm:  JavaScript Level 3 How to program the Sample Assessment Activity – Using the functions and skills from the morning task we will complete the sample assessment task set and present on what goes into the documentation to maximise achievement and potential in the assessment tasks.


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


Do you have questions about GCSE Computing Tackling the A452 Research task ? Contact Computing at Schools High Wycombe

When & Where

Royal Grammar School
Amersham Road
High Wycombe

Saturday, 21 September 2013 at 09:30 - Saturday, 28 September 2013 at 16:30 (BST)

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