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Key Stage 1 - Short piece of work on design blocks

Students will use the basic scratch like interface at http://designblocksjs.appspot.com/ to create simple graphical images.

James Fearnley

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last edited Apr 01 2014 by James Fearnley



Task: Talk 1 -

Ask students to describe a square, what features does a square have. What about a rectangle? How does a rectangle differ from a square? If the students were to tell somebody how to draw square how would the tell somebody to draw it. Have the students come up with an “algorithm” to draw a square. Work through YR1-2a to design simple shapes using algorithms.

Talk 2- Introduce the website design blocks; explain how to use it to create the simple shapes. Ask students to make the shapes using Design blocks. YR1-2b After that get student’s to draw a shape, create an algorithm for it and then try to make the program draw it. (YR1- 2c)

Plenary-Explain that computers when they are doing a task just run a program, which is just like a recipe or a set of instructions for a Lego model.

Resources: Access to the internet, Hand-outs (YR1-2a, YR1-2b and YR1-2c)

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