Foundation, Term 2: Symbols

Focus: Comparisons

Scope and sequence: = < > ≤ ≥ ∝

Learning intention: Students make comparisons and use symbols to describe relationships.

NSW Syllabus
Australian Curriculum (version 9.0)
"A student describes and compares the masses of objects." (MAE-NSM-01)
"Students learn to quantify and compare collections to at least 20 using counting and explain or demonstrate reasoning." (AC9MFN03)

Week 1

Introduction to the topic

Discussion: What is a code?

By Anomie - Own work, Public Domain,

Activity: Create your own variation on the pig pen code.

  1. Draw the same grid but with 26 blank spaces.
  2. Place all letters from the alphabet in your own random order.
  3. Write a message for a friend to decode.
  4. Include the decoding key as they will need this to decode it.
Computer coding involves coding languages and, just like spoken language, there are many in use around the world.

Week 2

Less than symbol <

A remote control for an air conditioner can be used as an introduction to programming.  The following image shows that the air conditioner will heat the room until it reaches 23 degrees Celsius.

Using pseudocode, this could be written as follows:

IF temperature < 23 degrees THEN ON

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Week 10

Moderated self-assessment


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