Algorithms are described as something very simple but important. They are explained as instructions that are split into little steps so that a computer can solve a problem or get something done. An example of how to brush your teeth is demonstrated by a cartoon mouse and robot. The process is broken down into simple steps such as: 'take the lid off the toothpaste' and 'open your mouth'.

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After watching the clip, teachers could ask the children to share ideas of other sets of instructions such as taking a photo, having a bath, making a cup of tea or laying the table. The children could draw, write or type step-by-step instructions and if possible, someone could try to follow them. This work could link with literacy work on instructional writing. Teachers could use the word algorithm in this task to reinforce its meaning.