page 2/8 KS1 Activity: Sharing Sweets Resources ● Objects for sharing e.g counters, blocks etc. (see “Before you start” ) ● Teacher’s IWB or paper ipchart (to model how to create algorithms) ● Pupils’ small whiteboards and pens ● Optional: algorithm hat or band (see “Before you start”) ● Read the “Teaching Notes” : computational thinking concepts and approaches Introduction (5 mins) ● Have children seated on the carpet. Explain you are going to be making a class book of how to solve maths problems for reception children or explain you would like to help reception learn about sharing. Imagine you had to explain how to share this pile of sweeties to your younger brother or sister in reception. What would you say? ● Model on the board recording an algorithm such as: draw two children, a pile of sweets and then write 1. Snatch as many as you can 2. Run away 3. Hide 4. Eat them. (You could draw little symbols for each step) ● Ask is that fair? Ask if they recognise this kind of behaviour. ● If you have talked about algorithms before ask children if they remember what a list of steps to work something out or get something done is. If not explain the list of steps is called an algorithm. It is set of instructions used by humans to know how to do things, like a recipe book, or a lego instruction book. But we are making a “how to share fairly” algorithm. How would you explain the steps to share some sweeties to a 4 year old? ● Show them some objects for them to share (e.g. counters, blocks, role play sweetie etc). Explain they will be creating an algorithm like you have - but a fair list of instructions this time! ● Share learning intentions if this is your normal practice. Tailor to your school’s format if required

**Published:**Jan 27, 2015