I found a useful task for learning the key programming statements was to do the times tables.
First time – introducing sequences…students write out the 7 times tables as individual print statements
Second Time – introducing loops … students are introduced to variables 'counter' and 'answer' and the formula answer = counter * 7. Loop this through until counter = 12
Third time – introduce selection… get user input as to what tables to do. Store in a variable called 'table'. Use the formula answer = counter * table. Loop this through until counter = 12.
This is easily done in a lesson and would suit 5/6 and maybe 3/4. Would work well with block code or general programming.
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