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Modelling in Small Basic

Model sales for a lemonade stand

 
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Areas Covered

  • Lesson 1 Introduction
  • Lesson 2 Calculations
  • Lesson 3 Selection
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  • Lesson 4 Loops
  • Lesson 5 Using subroutines
  • Lesson 6 Evaluating the model

There are six worksheets and homework sheets in this unit.

Summary - New: 3rd Edition

The unit covers the topic of Modelling, using a programming language designed to make programming easy and approachable for beginners. After covering the rudiments of Small Basic and its programming environment, pupils start to write small programs which will eventually become subroutines in their Lemonade Stand model. The pupils will discuss some of the different areas in which models are used, from climate change to business enterprises, and the limitations of their own model.

The unit assumes that pupils have already completed a basic programming unit in a textual language such as Small Basic or Python. It moves quickly through the concepts of selection and iteration, giving practice in each of these, before covering subroutines and modular programming.

The pupils’ final models are put into a learning portfolio with evidence of correct running, for assessment purposes. They also answer questions about computer modelling and perform a self-evaluation.

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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.

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I have used two sets of resources so far but the best has been the cyber crime one.  The students have loved it - they all have a tale to tell about email scams and hacking!!

Beverley Castle. Teacher of Computing, St Joseph's Catholic High School

PG Online material for KS3 has been instrumental in helping me transit from ICT to Computing with a department of just two. Cutting down work load in planning SOW and resources. All material have been adapted to suit our school with ease and the pupils are really enjoying the programming elements.

Mark Fegan. Head of Computing and ICT, Sacred Heart High School

Inside the Unit...

  • Download Free Sample 7.6mb

    Areas Covered

    • Lesson 1 Introduction
    • Lesson 2 Calculations
    • Lesson 3 Selection
      Download free sample above
    • Lesson 4 Loops
    • Lesson 5 Using subroutines
    • Lesson 6 Evaluating the model

    There are six worksheets and homework sheets in this unit.

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