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Key Stage 1 - Short piece of work on design blocks

Students will use the basic scratch like interface at to create simple graphical images.

James Fearnley

Created by James Fearnley
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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