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Computer science

Assessment ideas

Years F-2; Years 3-4; Years 5-6

Computer science fundamentals is a series of lesson plans by, for teaching computer science to primary students with and without computers. This curriculum provides a teacher guidebook for implementing lessons, with learning and teaching activities, content, printable worksheets and some assessment lessons.

Computer science fundamentals


The curriculum includes online learning modules and unplugged lessons, covering various topics within computer science, including:

  • algorithms
  • data abstraction computing practice and programming
  • computers and communication
  • devices (elements of computing devices and networks)
  • community, global, and ethical impacts.

Teachers can enrol their class in the online curriculum and view data about individual performance and progress in programming within each of the topics and for programming constructs (eg branching, iteration, sequences).

Alternatively or additionally, teachers can implement the unplugged curriculum, for which there are lesson plans. Some of the topics also include assessment activities and worksheets. There is a teacher’s guide and student workbook available for teachers to download. This guide also includes advice for teachers on how to facilitate learning activities and questions that can be asked to scaffold students and elicit information about their understanding.

Guidance For Use

Teachers can select and choose lessons that align with the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies, or they can undertake a more comprehensive pathway through the modules.Although not mapped to the curriculum, these lessons can support the learning and teaching, and assessment, of a number of content descriptions across the F–6 bands.

Some of the assessment activities could be used within the context of other learning areas. For example, the assessment activity for networks could support assessment from a different learning activity.

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