# 14 May 2021

Friday 14 May 2021

The whole-school Talk Time homework this week is I know the key vocabulary from our Computing topic.

As we come to the end of our Computing topic, your child should have come across the following vocabulary:

Y1, 2

• algorithm – a sequence of instructions or a set of rules to get something done
• program – a collection of algorithms
• debug – to find and fix errors in algorithms
• computer – a type of machine that can follow instructions and do useful things
• password – a string of letters, numbers or symbols which give you access to something (eg a computer, a service like Numbots)
• personal information – information that can be used to identify you (eg age, school, address, password)
• appropriate – something that is suitable

Y3, 4

• program – a collection of algorithms
• repetition – to repeat the execution of certain instructions
• sequence – to arrange instructions in a particular order
• logical reasoning – helps us explain why something happens
• sprite – a 2d character in a computer game
• decomposition – the process of breaking down a task into smaller, more-manageable parts
• input – data sent to a computer system from a device (eg keyboard, mouse, microphone)
• output – data sent out of a computer system via a device (eg monitor, printer, speaker)
• digital footprint – information about a particular person that exists on the internet as a result of their online activity

Y5,6

• program – a collection of algorithms
• repetition – to repeat the execution of certain instructions
• sequence – to arrange instructions in a particular order
• selection – choosing to execute one set of instructions over another
• variable – something that is stored in a program and can be changed or used (eg a timer, a score, a number of lives left)
• logical reasoning – helps us explain why something happens
• simulation – modelling a real-world or imaginary situation
• search engine – program that searches for and identifies items on the internet using complex algorithms

Discuss these words together:

• Can your child explain to you what they mean?
• Can they use any of them in a sentence?
• Can they suggest how some of the words link together?
• Can they tell you about the learning in school which linked to a certain word?

Next week, each class will reflect on this topic vocabulary and what they have learnt this half term.