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Preparing to teach GCSE Computing 2 day event

Computing at Schools High Wycombe

Thursday, 20 February 2014 at 09:00 - Friday, 21 February 2014 at 16:00 (GMT)

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GCSE Computing 2 day event Ended £180.00 £11.09
GCSE Computing 1 day event Ended £100.00 £6.69

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Day 1: Getting started with Python and BYOB

Getting ahead with programming – looking at developing applications in BYOB and Python from “hello world” to using selection and iterative techniques.

10.00 - 11:00am: Introduction to the 7 Strands: Introduction to using Scratch Build Your Own Blocks

  • What does a teacher need to know to support pupil learning?
  • How to create effective pseudocode to support the above


11:00 - 11:20am: Break


11:20 - 12: 40pm: 7 Strands in practice: BYOB.


How to create a simple program and view output -

Accept user input and produce output

Use of variables and iterable data types

How to produce calculations

Working with selection – programs such as fizzbuzz

Use of constructs to control the flow of programs including: conditionals, count-controlled loops and condition-controlled loops


12:40 - 13:20pm: Lunch


13:20 – 14:40pm: 7 Strands in practice: Python

Delegates will have an opportunity to program same programs as previously done in BYOB but this time in Python – how do we build up this task to enable pupils to achieve the highest grades


2:40 - 3:00pm: Break


15:00– 15:45 Complete programming tasks

Extra time to complete the programming tasks / Extension and stretch activities


15:45 – 16:30 Getting Started with the GCSE (This session needs to relate it all into the GCSE, types of questions, tasks etc. which use python

Overview of the GCSE

 What is the nature of the Controlled Assessment and how best to prepare for it?

 Resources for teaching the theory aspects of the course

 Review of Examination

Day 2: Advanced Python and BYOB skills


10.00 - 11:00 Session 1 - Advanced BYOB 

 – Custom blocks, passing parameter values and lists. How can I use BYOB in the controlled assessment activities

How would I create a program using nested lists for use in the controlled assessment sample activities

11:00 - 11:20 Break

11:20 - 12: 40 Session 2 Advanced Python. Data storage and manipulation

Use of lists and other iterables – generating sequences, analysing data

String manipulation – extracting and searching for patterns in text

Reading and writing to files. - How to load and save / amend and delete from a text file

13:20 - 14:40 Session 3 Advanced Python Solving problems

Applying what has been learnt to situations similar to those found within Controlled Assessments. Combining all techniques previously covered in the other sessions.  Looking at sample assessment material and applying techniques learnt to solve problems.   Developing the basics of the spelling game.


14:40 - 15:00 Break 

15:00 - 16:20 How to support pupils to achieve the highest grades in the Controlled assessment activities

Review of what makes A+ controlled assessment and the building blocks required for pupils to perform their best

This session we will look at examples of sample assessment material and look at the key characteristics of what pupils need to do to achieve to their best.

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When & Where

Royal Grammar School
Amersham Road
HP13 6QT High Wycombe
United Kingdom

Thursday, 20 February 2014 at 09:00 - Friday, 21 February 2014 at 16:00 (GMT)

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