Year 5 - Algorithms and Debugging Featured

Written by  on Tuesday, 19 December 2017.

Year 5 have been learning about the basic concepts of programming without even touching a computer! They learnt about algorithms and how they are used in computer programs. An algorithm is a set of instructions a computer uses to achieve a task such as typing text, drawing an image or moving a character across the screen.

To find out why algorithms have to be written clearly and precisely, Year 5 tried to program a robot to make a jam sandwich.

The robot made a huge mess and the children soon realised the instructions had to be broken down very much to be clear and precise as the robot would do exactly what it was told to do! For example, when the robot was asked to pick up the knife, it picked it up by the blade. When Year 5 instructed it to spread the butter on the bread, it spread it with its hand because the children had neglected to tell it to use a knife.

During the process of debugging their algorithms, which meant fixing any problems the instructions might have contained, each class gradually produced more exact instructions and managed to create a jam sandwich.

Read 439 times Last modified on Tuesday, 19 December 2017
English Armenian Bulgarian Chinese (Traditional) Czech Filipino Finnish French Hindi Italian Korean Malay Polish Russian Slovak Urdu

BBC KS2 Bitesizefooter_blocks_white




Woodlands Homework Help

Although links are checked before publishing, The Vine School is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.
After School Club

from 7.45am until 6pm

Contact Us

The Vines,
Upper Cambourne,
Cambs. CB23 6DY

Tel: 01954 719630

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Head Teacher:
Mr Lee Faris
Mrs Alison Cooper

Coming Up Click an event for more info

View Full Calendar
Cambourne Church Logo            Church of England logo            Methodist Church Logo            Cambs County Council logo