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8525 Unit 2A: Programming basics

Specification 8525 from 2020 - Paper 1

 
Unplugged Unit
Perfect for lessons away from computers or workshops.
2A

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Areas Covered

  • Lesson 1 Data types and operations
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  • Lesson 2 Sequence and selection
  • Lesson 3 Iteration
  • Lesson 4 Arrays and records
  • Lesson 5 Assessment

There are 4 worksheets, 4 homework tasks, and an examination-style assessment test, each with answers included in this unit.

Summary

The unit covers the AQA GCSE (9-1) Computer Science specification 8525, Sections 3.2.1 to 3.2.9. The first lesson in the unit covers data types and arithmetic operations. Sequence, selection and iteration are covered in the next two lessons, followed by a lesson on arrays and records, with a final lesson on reading from and writing to a text file.

Although the lessons can be delivered without students having to use computers, they will benefit from translating their pseudocode solutions to program code and testing them. All the worksheets contain exercises which provide opportunities for practical programming in the language of choice. Sample solutions are provided in Python to many exercises.

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Toolkit

The GCSE units have been written to satisfy the specification for Paper 1 and Paper 2 of the AQA 8525 Computer Science GCSE. Each unit contains:

  • PowerPoint slides for each topic
  • Detailed lesson plans
  • Learning objectives and outcomes
  • Worksheets and homework activities with answers
  • End-of-unit, exam-style assessment test with answers
  • Other material and links to online resources

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Inside the Unit...

  • Download Free Sample 7.7mb

    Areas Covered

    • Lesson 1 Data types and operations
    • Download sample lesson above
    • Lesson 2 Sequence and selection
    • Lesson 3 Iteration
    • Lesson 4 Arrays and records
    • Lesson 5 Assessment

    There are 4 worksheets, 4 homework tasks, and an examination-style assessment test, each with answers included in this unit.

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