NEA Prep Resources

Although the NEA is no longer being marked, we still need to deliver it. I’m planning to make the most of the opportunity to grow skills needed for Paper 2.

To maximise success, this year I am starting my Year 10s on NEA prep early. I am setting a collection of “mini-NEAs” which we will do this term (Summer Y10) so that in early Y11 they can tackle the proper NEA with greater confidence.minineathumb

I’ve made the attached resources for myself, and share them here under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 licence as usual. In other words, go for it!

Mini-NEA Workbook

NEA Intro Lesson Student Worksheet

NEA Intro Homework

Slides NEA Intro Lesson

Instructions: Open the slide show, use this over 1 or 2 lessons with the Intro Lesson Student Worksheet to build the basic skills, give out the Homework, then start them on the Mini-NEA Workbook.




Socrative Quizzes for Computer Science

I’ve made some quizzes over the years on Socrative. Here is a non-exhaustive list

You can import them into your account at this link, then type the SOC quiz code below:

I wish Socrative made sharing these easier, e.g. by folder. (You can see all my Quizlet sets at this URL, for comparison: )


Knowledge Organisers for Computer Science 9-1 (Edexcel)

I’ve created these to go with the Edexcel GCSE Computer Science course, but they can be adapted to fit other board’s material easily. The Edexcel Pseudocode is very different to OCR/AQA as it is based on Haggis, but otherwise it should be easy to “port”.

Hat tip to Chris Whitworth, whose KOs (available free on TES) I used as a basis for these, so much of the work is his, thanks Chris. I’ve rearranged, changed a few things and added lots of images, but the commentary section is still his.

I’ve included samples of Python, so if you use another language that’s another thing to change. Anyway I hope it is useful. Feedback welcome in the comments or on my Twitter.

Sorry WordPress doesn’t support zip files, so I’ll upload to CAS soon as a zip.

The Quizlet resources referred to are also available for free on my Quizlet account here.








New Resource – Paper 2 Mock

Edit 16 April. I’ve tidied up the paper and now uploaded the solution / mark scheme. 

There are precious few mock papers out there for the new smock1pec Paper 2, so I’ve written one. It’s on CAS here
CAS Resouce 5573 – my Paper 2 Mock   and also attached to WordPress at the link below. In both cases shared under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 licence – feel free to use non-commercially. Enjoy!

Linked documents below:

Computing Edexcel GCSE Paper 2 PPE AH

Computing Edexcel GCSE Paper 2 PPE AH Mark Scheme

Paired Programming Begins!

I’m all set. Tomorrow I pair up my Year 10s for programming. I’ve asked them who they want to work with, giving me several options each. I’ve then paired similar abilities (following advice from @teknoteacher), and created a booklet of challenges from absolute beginner to fairly advanced GCSE coder.

I’ve given points for each, and we’ll be doing this all week (3 hours) with me hovering around helping when they get stuck, but mostly facilitating them in getting unstuck themselves. I’ll report back later on how this works. But if you want the resource, it is attached…pair1

GCSE Coding Workbook 1 AJH

Loyalty Card for positive behaviour management

I took this idea from my teaching coach, and I’ve started trying it this week. Basically they get a stamp for a good lesson. Targets are on the form, all three must be met for a stamp. Lesson 1 today saw around one-third of the class get a stamp, but they all wanted one, so maybe lesson 2 will be different! Feel free to adapt and share onwards with no restrictions.  Download link is below. NB the headphones mentioned are from Poundland, don’t tell the kids! 🙂 loyaltycardimage

loyalty card v1