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.
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.