On the interactive clock below see if you can make the following times on the clock:
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See if you can read the sentence below
Will a complete prune contain a stone?
See if you can write the sentence below
Can you put a huge cube in a tube?
Today we are continuing to think about algorithms.
Watch the video below to find out more.
What problems did the robot have when following the algorithm (instructions) ?
When we write algorithms, we have to be clear and precise. A bug is a problem in an instruction.
Following an algorithm
Get a piece of paper and get an adult to read out the following instructions.
Don't let you adult see you drawing until you are told to show them.
Draw a large head
Draw a face
Draw two ears
Draw a neck
Draw a body
Draw five arms
Draw three legs
Draw three feet
Now that you have followed the instructions, turn over your piece of paper to hide your drawing.
Then read the instructions to your adult and get them to follow them. Don't let your adult show you their drawing.
Once you are both finished, turn over you pieces of paper and compare your drawings.
What is the same? What is different?
Why do you think the drawings don't look the same? How could you improve the instructions?
They don't look the same because the instructions weren't clear enough. This is called a bug which is a computing word for a problem. Learn more about bugs in the video below.
Writing an algorithm
Discuss what you must write in your algorithm to make a body. Write instructions on how to draw a body thinking about how to give detail on how to draw it.
Notice for adults:
Allow your child to write their algorithm and then to test it and amend their algorithm. Remind your children to think carefully about the language that they use. You will find that their algorithm becomes more precise over time.
Share their final algorithm in the daily email you send.