Computational Thinking and Creativity

Block A - Introduction to Computational Thinking and Creativity

Understand the timeline of the main developments since the invention of the World Wide Web. Learn about the great creative minds and internet entrepreneurs who have contributed to the biggest innovations. Be inspired and solve your own challenges! Create webpages, develop a fantasy football database, use 3D modelling software, design a stop motion animation, create your own computer game and much more!

Understand computer networks, including the internet; how they provide multiple services such as the world-wide-web and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration. Research key people including Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Jimmy Wales. Explore failure as an opportunity to learn; respond to creative challenges and finally plan and film a short TED talk for younger children that collates all the useful strategies used to overcome problems.

This Topic is written for Upper Key Stage 2. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: The internet and the web

Use role-play to understand how the internet works and the difference between the internet and the world-wide-web; present your understanding through a video, presentation, poster or model.

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02: Creative minds and entrepreneurs

Create a time line of the main internet developments since the invention of the web; research key people including Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Jimmy Wales; explore failure as an opportunity to learn and how internet entrepreneurs have understood and utilised this.

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03: Solving Steve Jobs' problem

Respond to a challenge from Steve Jobs and design a new Apple product; discuss the existing Apple models and think what might be needed in the future.

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04: Rising to Bill Gates' challenge

Understand the contribution that the Bill and Melinda Gates have made to the world; respond to their philanthropic challenge.

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05: Writing for Jimmy Wales

Receive a message from Jimmy Wales explaining the collective nature of Wikipedia and respond to his challenge to compile a class contribution; take part in planning, researching and group open editing of a class text.

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06: TED talks

Learn about TED talks and its slogan ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’; plan and film a short TED talk for younger children that collates all the useful strategies you have used to overcome any problems you have had during this block.