HOW IT WORKS
Students have ten workbooks to complete independently. There is no need to lead this from the front of the class. With Craig’n’Dave resources students learn by doing, not by listening!
Each workbook introduces a new programming concept.
- Learn how to write structured programs.
- Learn how to use selection.
- Learn how to use number data types.
- Learn how to use string data types.
- Learn how to use counter-controlled iterations.
- Learn how to use condition-controlled iterations.
- Learn how to handle user inputs.
- Learn how to use arrays and lists.
- Learn how to use serial files.
- Learn how to master the basics.
Students will have been taught a text-based language at Key Stage 3, but don’t be fooled into thinking these objectives look too easy. There is a significantly higher expectation with a functions first approach, validation, exception handling and harder problems to solve.
Each workbook has four sections: Try, Investigate, Make and Evaluate. It’s based on the PRIMM model proposed by Sue Sentence, but our T.I.M.E. acronym just makes more sense! After all, becoming a good programmer takes time!
If I’m not leading programming from the front of the class and students are working on different tasks at the same time, what am I doing?
Programming taught from the front of the class at best only ever effectively teaches a third of the class. Some can already progress further beyond what you are explaining and some are already lost and need additional support. Allowing students to learn independently at their own pace and choose their own challenges allows greater flexibility for the teacher to stretch and support individual students.
The role of the teacher is to maintain pace, provide individual interventions when students are stuck, review completed objectives and track progress.
Using these resources, students that are absent from class are not disadvantaged and can even continue their work at home. If a question is too difficult to answer, or a problem is too difficult to solve these can be left to be discussed with the teacher. The student can still move on to the next objective or problem.
Terms and conditions
This one off-purchase includes a life-time site licence to use these resources within a single institution providing they are not made available to the public, are not hosted on other commercial learning platforms for which students or schools make payment to access, or students studying in schools other than your own.