Lesson 1 Strings and variables Download free sample above
Lesson 2 Numbers and arithmetic
Lesson 3 Selection
Lesson 4 Writing algorithms
Lesson 5 While loops
Lesson 6 Searching
Lesson 7 Assessment
There are five worksheets to accompany these lessons.
Summary - New: 3rd Edition
This is an introduction to Python, a powerful but easy-to-use high-level programming language. Although Python is an object-oriented language, at this level the object-oriented features of the language are barely in evidence and do not need to be discussed. The focus is on getting pupils to understand the process of developing programs, the importance of writing correct syntax, being able to formulate algorithms for simple programs and debugging their programs. Pupils will look at If statements and While loops whilst covering concepts such as validation and searching. The pupils’ final programs are put into a learning portfolio with evidence of correct running, for assessment purposes.
These resources are written with the aim of enabling the teacher to deliver lessons on Python without necessarily giving the pupils a mountain of indigestible syntax rules, and to enable a teacher unfamiliar with Python to help pupils with problems they encounter when using the worksheets. The worksheets will need minimal introduction, making the lesson largely a process of the pupils finding out things for themselves while interacting with the computer.
What's included in the toolkit?
The currently available units have been written to satisfy the new National Curriculum for Computing, they are designed for teaching at KS3 but individual lessons in some units may also be appropriate for teaching Key Stages 2 or 4, particularly where Year 10 students may not previously have been exposed to certain topics.
The Python book is well suited to the programming requirements of the AQA A Level Computer Science course, the end of chapter questions are nicely matched to the materials in each chapter and the book works well in taught lessons and for self-paced independent learning.
Mark Vanstone. Director of Studies, Truro School
I appreciate how the Python textbook has been broken down and is easily accessible for beginners.
Mrs Rita Kpeglo. Computer Science Teacher, Colton Hills Community School