(PDF – editable Word documents available) These resources can be used by colleagues teaching high school Computing Science in any education system. In particular, they reflect my interpretation of parts of the (Scottish curriculum) Level 3 and 4 Computing Science Es and Os in the Broad General Education.
I have thought for a long time that coding is taught too much from a "just get on and write it" approach and there has been little emphasis on the data structures that underpin what is being written. I have found that when I ask a student to draw and name the data structures they plan to use - even if the structures contain simple, single values - their understanding (their computational thinking skills) and their ability to code independently improve immeasurably. My view of the current Scottish curriculum is that it now allows for this, and that was my motivation when I started building these resources.
I have tried to create resources that are superficially appealing whilst containing academic content, in order to engage all levels of ability. These resources may go some way to fill the gap between more practical coding activities and the theory found in certificate courses in the senior phase at secondary level. There are more to follow …
I have deliberately kept each resource to one page so that they can be used out of sequence. I have not included much in the way of teacher exposition within each task, to allow for different levels of depth depending on circumstances, but the Teacher Notes include my rationale for each task, some tips/hints/notes for each resource and a reference to the (Scottish Curriculum) Benchmarks for the Es and Os.