Python Programming Guide for KS4 (Py3)

An excellent resource which any school using Python would be well advised to purchase. P Chapman, HoD & Independent Reviewer

The perfect companion for any KS4 student learning to program using Python – including those studying GCSE Computer Science.

Chapter list:
  1. Numbers and Basic Operations
  2. Values, Variables and Expression
  3. Data Types
  4. Functions
  5. Control Structures
  6. Lists
  7. Working with Files
  8. Classes
  9. Dealing with Errors

Broken into nine chapters, each containing:

  • Student-friendly explanations interspersed with annotated example code snippets; packed with hints and tips throughout!
  • Extensive end-of-chapter student exercises:
  1. Programming challenges test students' problem-solving skills in a progressive manner
  2. Questions get students thinking about programming theory and Python code
  • Plus 'What you will learn', 'What you should already know' and 'Keyword' overviews

Also includes:
  • Practice controlled assessment-style task with full exemplar solution
  • Model solutions to all exercises in both paper and electronic (.py) formats
  • Glossary of key terms
Provides everything that a teacher new to teaching programming needs to get started and be confident in teaching programming...Clear and easy to follow, it covers everything the pupils need to know and at a price that allows me to give every pupil their own copy... It gives clear explanations of terminology and provides a wide range of exercises and projects at different levels with solutions. E Grant, Head of ICT & customer
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What do teachers have to say about this resource? (5083)

An excellent resource with clear explanations and a good range of practice tasks with solutions. I purchased the editable version too which means it can be adapted for pupils and staff... Both pupils and staff can use it to learn Python. The answers can be readily used in the electronic version and will aid differentiation." - E Grant, Head of ICT, customer

A fantastic resource. This would be useful to be given to students in lessons or for independent study... The layout is very good, with the theory behind the coding covered in each section... Using this resource, pupils would be able to improve their skills and achieve the required level of skill to create their controlled assessment piece." - A Sanders, Computing teacher, Independent Reviewer

A great resource for anyone wanting to learn and/or teach the Python programming language. [The resource] has pretty much every thing that you need to set a major programming project / terms work...This resource includes plenty of assessment opportunities with the questions and the end of each section and if the students follow the practical activities as they go through, enabling them and the teacher to check and build on their learning as they use it...The layout is good as there is just the right amount of information on a page so that students do not feel daunted when they are asked to work through a number of pages, in fact they should feel confident as they will be able to see fast they get through it when they apply themselves...This is a flexible resource and depending on the specification could be used thoroughly or just dipped into as and when needed. It should work very well with any specification that requires and element of programming...I will be recommending this to the school and other teachers/non teachers that may be interested in using Python." - R Jackson, HoD & Independent Reviewer

It is written in a style that is suitable for key stage 4 students, the examples and questions would also be understandable for this age group. This resource contains all the essentials for a programming manual...The questions at the end of each topic can be used by the teacher to differentiate the learning process, by reserving the more difficult questions for the most able students. All the main aspects of Python have been included with examples, which make this an excellent reference manual for a student taking GCSE Computer Science...The consistent layout was useful for a teacher as in each topic there was an explanation, some examples and some questions with model answers. The topics were in the order expected for a programming language, starting with basic data definitions and working up to more complicated areas such as SQL databases, classes and error detection & correction." -   P Chapman - HoD, Independent Reviewer