Crazy Character Algorithms

An introduction to sequences of instructions

Age: 5-7 years

Type: Unplugged

Curriculum Links to: Art, computing, English

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RESOURCE OVERVIEW:

An algorithm is a precisely defined sequence of instructions or a set of rules for performing a specific task. By teaching this short, unplugged activity your pupils will create a set of instructions on how to draw a crazy character and so start to understand what algorithms are.

PUPIL OBJECTIVES:

  • I know what an algorithm is.
  • I can write an algorithm.
  • I can use an algorithm.
  • I can improve my algorithm.

TEACHING ASSESSMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Pupils can say an algorithm is a set of detailed steps to make something happen or work something out.
  • Pupils can create an algorithm which is precise and in the correct order. Pupils can debug their algorithm, improving the precision in each step.
  • Pupils can follow an algorithm precisely.

LESSON TIMING: 30 min