One-Week Python Programming Summer Boot Camp
July 24, 2017 at 9:00AM
Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe
|From beginners to A-Level|
This CPD will equip you with the skills and confidence to teach, in an interesting and engaging way, the GCSE Computer Science curriculum leading up to A-Level. It will give you strategies to prepare your pupils all the way up to A-Level coursework. A list of coursework ideas will be discussed. At A-Level, tasks are not set by the board, so choosing the right task for the skill of the pupil is essential.
Day 1 - Introduction to Python Programming at Key Stage 3:
Input / output and assignment
Selection and nested selection
Teacher skills audit, and strategies to leverage existing ICT knowledge
Iteration and looping constructs – While and For loops
Day 2 - GCSE Overview and Understanding Programming:
Overview of the GCSE concepts; assessment criteria
Developing applications in Python
Creating user interfaces; validation; formatted output
Arrays; dictionaries; data manipulation
Advanced variable assignment; data types; selection
Day 3 - Advanced Skills - Identifying the Key Characteristics of Pupil Success at GCSE:
String manipulation vs list operations
Use of functions and passing parameters
Advanced Python - data storage and persistence
Day 4 - Moving into A Level:
Use of modular top-down programming
Use of classes / object-oriented programming
Creating relational databases and queries with SQL
Visual SQL tools for ERD design
Day 5 - Advanced Python Skills for A Level:
Developing the GUI - discussion of various frameworks such as Tkinter and drag-and-drop PyQT
Navigation and multiple forms
Interfaces with built-in validation
Advanced OOP using class definition; object instantiation; inheritance; polymorphism
Tips and hints on coursework administration and write-up; ensuring deadlines are met
Darren Travi and Ilia Avroutine
There are two teachers on this course, both of whom have extensive experience of teaching Computer Science at GCSE and A Level. Ilia and Darren are extensively involved with the a major GCSE Examinations Board, providing resources, training, assessment and examinations.
Darren is Head of Computing at the Royal Grammar School in High Wycombe. He is also a CAS Master Teacher and leads the Buckinghamshire CAS Hub. Darren has been teaching A-Level Computer Science since the 1990s and GCSE Computing since the course started in 2010. He has been an active and leading member of Computing At School and has successfully delivered a series of CPD events supporting teachers at Primary and Secondary phase.
Ilia teaches Computer Science at the Royal Grammar School. He has taught A-Level Computer Science for five years, having previously taught Computing in Canada. Ilia co-leads the CAS Bucks Hub and has run a number of training events around the country. He has a wide experience of teaching Computing and has co-authored the new Key Stage 3 Computing textbook for Hodders.
All materials and resources used on this course will be made available to all delegates after the course.
Darren Travi, firstname.lastname@example.org
Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe
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