Pizza Pickle Scratch Debugging

An introduction to debugging Scratch programs

Age: 5-7 years (although this can be adapted for other years)

Type: Scratch

Curriculum Links to: D&T

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RESOURCE OVERVIEW:

In this activity pupils are given programs that do not do as expected and will be asked to fix them. In doing this they are using logical reasoning to predict what will happen and developing their debugging skills.

PUPIL OBJECTIVES:

  • I can debug a program.
  • I can say what a program will do.
  • I can explain what the bug was and how I fixed it.

TEACHING ASSESSMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Use AFL questioning to encourage and gauge pupils’ developing understanding of debugging simple programs. Pupils who work out what the program should do, what it does do, where it goes wrong and then fix it are making good progress. Pupils who look at each command in turn and explain their thinking are making good progress. Pupils who haphazardly try changing things with no reason are not making such good progress, even if they fix the bugs!
  • You could more formally assess their worksheets.

LESSON TIMING: 60 min