Friday, 22 September 2017

Revision guidance for Baseline Assessment test

Next lesson will be your Baseline Assessment test.  There is nothing to worry about - we just want to find out where students are with their skills and knowledge in computing.

I think it would be a good idea to show yourselves at your best by preparing for the test with some revision on stuff from last year.

To help you with this (and at the risk of giving you some clues as to what the questions might be about....!), click on the link below for guidance on what to revise.  

Revision guidance for Yr 8 Baseline Assessment

Use your blog posts from last year.  Learning computing website (learningcomputing has some of the work from last year but some units are not available anymore.

Make notes on a blog post for your work on this.  The test will be visible online but your answers will be written on paper.

Remember: good preparation + good revision = good results (and happy and unworried teacher!)   :-)

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Algorithms - Lesson 2

In this lesson we are going to look at a particular sorting algorithm called Bubble Sort.

Sorting algorithms are algorithms that are used to sort items into a specific order, usually descending or ascending in size.

Lesson Objectives and Outcomes

Explain what the sorting algorithm is and how the bubble sort algorithm works (band 4)
Apply your understanding by giving an specific example of how a bubble sort can be used (band 5)
Link your work today with examples of how algorithms are used day to day (band 6)

Your Tasks!

1.  Open a new post on your ordinary lesson blog (not your assessment one!).

2.  Title it the same as this one.

3.  Copy / paste, or write out, the lesson objectives from this post onto your post.

4.  Click on this link and watch the video  Bubble Sort Video

5.  On your post, under your lesson objectives and outcomes, explain in detail how you would sort the class into a line in height order, smallest at the start.

6.  Check the lesson objectives and outcomes, and under your explanation, write down what band you think you have achieved and why.

7.  Publish this post.    Now go back to your Google Drawing flowchart from last lesson (find it in your Drive) and finish it off.  it will update automatically on your last lesson's post so you don't have to re-share or anything like that!

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Algorithms - Lesson 1

This unit is all about algorithms.  Here are your tasks......

1.  Open a new post of your lesson blog (not the new assessment one!).  Give it a title the same as this one.

2.  Click on the link below

3.  On your post, write out (or copy/paste if you prefer) the lesson objectives.

4.  Under this, explain what an algorithm is.

5.  From the slideshow, choose one of the tasks in Activity 1 and complete it on your post.

6.  Open up Google Drawing and draw out a flowchart for one of the tasks in Activity 2.

7.  Share your drawing correctly (click Share - Advanced - change it form Private to Anyone with the link).

8.  Copy/paste the link under your work for Activity 1 on your post.

9.  Complete Activity 3 on your post, under the Activity 2 link.

10.  Under the link, state what level you think your work is and why (look back at the objectives you wrote at the top of your post)


Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Welcome back as Year 8s!


We have some sorting out to do this lesson ready for the rest of the year.  

1.  I need you to go to Settings on your current Comp Sci blog.  

2.  Scroll down the middle section and find Permissions and Authors.

3.  Add an author and type in my email address    The click Invite Author.

4.  I will check my emails and let you know when I've received it.

5.  Now you need to make a new blog!

6.  This blog will be your Comp Sci Assessment blog.  It should be called this, plus have your name in the title and address so I know whose it is.

7.  Once made, in Settings again, you need to add me as an author and also the Comp Sci department.  Their email address is

8.   I will check the department emails and let you know when I've received it.

For the rest of the lesson......

9.  Create a slideshow aimed at our new Year 7s, explaining how they can keep themselves safe online both at school and at home.

10.  Share your slideshow to Anyone with the link (Click 'Share', then 'Advanced', and change it from 'Private').

11.  Make a new post on your original blog, call it E-safety, and publish!

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Website design - lesson 4 onwards

Website design - lesson 4 onwards

In this lesson you are continuing to develop your website using a WYSIWYG editor (Jimdo).

Objectives and Outcomes:
  • design a website around your theme, using a template (band 4).
  • apply your understanding to add some custom HTML elements to your template (band 5).
  • create your own templates using CSS and HTML (band 6).
  • Link your programming skills by using some Javascript (band 7).

1.  Go to this link for the details of the lesson's activities:

2.  Complete the Starter and Activity 1 on a your Jimdo website. You started this last lesson so continue to develop your Homepage, adding relevant content.

Save each element as you complete it!

3.  When you are happy with the content of your Homepage, go to Activity 2 and use the guide to customise your page.  You must follow the instructions exactly so read them carefully!

Save each element as you complete it!

4.  Try using the Weebly for Activity 3 to customise your page to as close to the design you want as possible.

Save each element as you complete it!

5.  Screenshot your website to a correctly share Google doc and copy/paste the link to your blog post.  

6.  Also, copy/paste the weblink (url) for your website below it.

7.  Under your links, explain which type of editor you prefer at the moment and why - have you changed your mind since last lesson?  Which do you think offers more flexibility?


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Website design - lesson 3

Website design - lesson 3

This lesson compares using a markup language (html) to create a website with using a WYSIWYG editor.

Objectives and Outcomes:
  • explain the difference between a markup and a WYSIWYG editor (band 5)
  • apply your understanding to create a website using a template (band 5)
  • compare the difference between using a template and writing HTML (band 6)

1.  Go to this link for the details of the lesson's activities:

2.  Complete Activity 1 on a new blog post, titled the same as this one (you can get help/info from the presentation at the top left of the page).

3.  Go to Activity 2 and use the guide to set up your website.  You must follow the instructions exactly so read them carefully!

4.  Start to build your website on the same topic you started in HTML.

5.  Screenshot your website to a correctly share Google doc and copy/paste the link to your blog post.  

6.  Also, copy/paste the weblink (url) for your website below it.

7.  Under your links, explain which type of editor you prefer at the moment and why.  Which do you think offers more flexibility?


Friday, 16 June 2017

Website design Lesson 2

Website Design - Lesson 2

You are likely to be working at different speeds through this course so I am leaving you to work through the tasks at your own pace (within reason!).

This is lesson 2 and you should have set up your Neocities website.  If you have not yet done so or started your website, you will need to go to the Notes for Lesson 1 in this unit and complete the tasks.

If you have completed lesson 1, you need to go to lesson 2 and follow these tasks.

1.  Read through the presentation and, on a new blog post titled the same as this, explain what 'tags' are (what they do) and give an example of 3 of them with explanation of what they do.

2.  Open the 'Notes' to go with this lesson and work through all the tasks.  Weblink is     

3.  Sign in to find your work.

4.  Click on 'Go to the dashboard' to find your website work.

5.  Work through the tasks on the Notes for this lesson.  Save regularly!

6.  At end of the lesson, you will need to take a screenshot of your website programming and also one of your website as it appears.  

7.  Paste the 2 screenshots on a Google doc and share it to Anyone with the Link.

8.  Copy/paste the link onto your blog post, below your notes on tags.