Welcome to the spring 2017 newsletter




BBC Micro:bit

BBC Micro:bit exercises
 Exercise TopicExercise Title
1 BBC Microbit Microbit 5 - Buggy Race 1
2 BBC Microbit Microbit 6 - Buggy Race 2
3 BBC Microbit Microbit 7 - Buggy Race 3
4 BBC Microbit Microbit 8 - Buggy Race 4



Binary Addition

Bits and Bytes exercises
 Exercise TopicExercise Title
1 Bits and Bytes Binary Addition 1
2 Bits and Bytes Binary Addition 2



Levels and Grading - Part 1

Algorithms, Programming & Development, Data and Data Representation, Hardware & Processing, Communication & Networks and Information Technology.

Modelling, Analysis, ICT, Computer Science, Digital Literacy, etc.

Key stage 3
 Pupils should be taught to:
1 design, use and evaluate computational abstractions that model the state and behaviour of real-world problems and physical systems
2 understand several key algorithms that reflect computational thinking [for example, ones for sorting and searching]; use logical reasoning to compare the utility of alternative algorithms for the same problem
3 use two or more programming languages, at least one of which is textual, to solve a variety of computational problems; make appropriate use of data structures [for example, lists, tables or arrays]; design and develop modular programs that use procedures or functions
4 understand simple Boolean logic [for example, AND, OR and NOT] and some of its uses in circuits and programming; understand how numbers can be represented in binary, and be able to carry out simple operations on binary numbers [for example, binary addition, and conversion between binary and decimal]
5 understand the hardware and software components that make up computer systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems
6 understand how instructions are stored and executed within a computer system; understand how data of various types (including text, sounds and pictures) can be represented and manipulated digitally, in the form of binary digits
7 undertake creative projects that involve selecting, using, and combining multiple applications, preferably across a range of devices, to achieve challenging goals, including collecting and analysing data and meeting the needs of known users
8 create, re-use, revise and re-purpose digital artefacts for a given audience, with attention to trustworthiness, design and usability
9 understand a range of ways to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely, including protecting their online identity and privacy; recognise inappropriate content, contact and conduct and know how to report concerns.

Categories for the site's exercises
 CategoryAbbreviation
1 Modelling Modl
2 Evaluation Eval
3 Algorithms Algo
4 Programming Prog
5 Boolean Logic Bool
6 Data Representation DataRep
7 Computer Systems CompSys
8 Fetch/Execute Cycle FetchX
9 Applications Apps
10 Digital Artefacts DigiArt
11 Health and Safety HelSaf
12 Legal Issues LegIss


Levels and Grading - Part 2

Current mapping between marks and grades
 MarksGrade
1 90-100 A*
2 80-89 A
3 70-79 B
4 60-69 C
5 50-59 D
6 40-49 E
7 1-39 F

Proposed mapping between marks and GCSE style grades
 MarksGrade
1 95-100 9
2 90-94 8
3 80-89 7
4 70-79 6
5 60-69 5
6 50-59 4
7 40-49 3
8 20-39 2
9 1-19 1



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