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Activities involving Scratch to develop pupils' knowledge and understand of computational thinking and programming concepts
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Programming concept
Computational thinking concept
Computational thinking approaches
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Quality rating (5 = highest)
CommentsSequenceSelectionRepetitionVariablesProceduresLogicEvalutionAlgorithmsPatterns
Decomposition
AbstractionTinkeringCreatingDebuggingPerseveringCollaborating
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1The Magic OctopusAn example of how you can use variables in a fun project https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/367402949/Yr3Yr55Adding the sliders works really well for thisYesYesYesYesYesYes
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4hand jive sequence
Children are shown some hand sequences and break these down into steps in order to teach someone their sequence. Fun and simple.
https://www.barefootcomputing.org/homelearningks2114Unplugged - accessible for all in terrms of equipment issues and promoting off screen activities. Its fun and everyone can achieve at some level as you can decide on the complexity of your sequence.YesYesYes
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5Fix the bug: Palm tree projectPDF that sets a challenge linking to an example project. https://bit.ly/39KiGfa
https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/200205902/
Y5Y8Requires access to Scratch online, but it is a very quick activity which could lead to more complex creative challenges (hence the many concepts and approaches potentially involved)YesNoYesSomeYesYesYesYesYesYesYesSomeNoYesYesSome
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6Scratch LogoGiving instructons to to a logo turtlehttps://scratch.mit.edu/projects/385899129/Y3An activity I made for an intrduction. YesYesYesYesYesYes
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7Toy Giveaway Using the PRIMM approach in CS with pupils in Primaryhttp://code-it.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/toygiveawayPRIMMs3.pdf
http://code-it.co.uk/goldapps/
https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/318201426/
Y3Y65Another great Code-it resource that brings pedagogy into the classroom and makes teachers think about delivery of a project YesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesSomeSomeSomeYesSomeYesYesSome
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8Match the strawberry patternsMatching inputs and outputs. Code reading and prediction. Could be framed as a PRIMM activity.bit.ly/2JeBjwQ
https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/313571423/editor/
Y3Y6Prediction stage can be done offline, but testing scripts obviously requires access to Scratch. Typically children tend to duplicate the project and make their own patterns, but this isn't specified in the instructions.YesNoYesNoSomeYesSomeNoYesYesYesSomeSomeNoYesNo
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9Maze Game Pupils create a simple maze to highlight how selection can work.
https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/205767322/
https://youtu.be/jgYvQMNTZ-gyryr6
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10Doughnut FactorySome great projects from http://amazingict.co.ukhttp://amazingict.co.ukcan't get into Scratch at momentY3Y65
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11Scratch QuizIntroduces selection to pupils through producing a Maths quizhttps://computingchampions.co.uk/dailydose/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otQ_XAzOrNkhttps://scratch.mit.edu/projects/382189613/Y4Y6Includes a video, which has unplugged activities undertaken with other adultsYesYesSomeYesNoYesNoYesNoYesNoYesYesSomeSomeSome
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12Cogs A simple yet absorbing challennge https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/370463768/editor/https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/370463768/editor/Yr3Yr64So simple yet so comlex at the same time YesYesYesYes
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