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Control and Sensing-Controlling devices- Possible Scheme of Work

Refine instructions to improve the efficiency (procedure) of the instructions they have created, and be able to link devices together.

Be able to choose the appropriate sensors to monitor environmental conditions. Controlling devices

Year Group some children will not have made so much progress and will most children will some children will have progressed further and will
Y5

Use instructions in a linear fashion. Use data sensors to collect information. Use sensors for simple cause and effect activities.

E.g. the light level dims, so a light switches on.

Refine instructions to improve the efficiency (procedure) of the instructions they have created, and be able to link devices together. Be able to choose the appropriate sensors to monitor environmental conditions.

E.g. Create a sequence of instructions using 'repeat' to create a procedure for controlling a set of traffic lights.

Develop procedures for greater effectiveness and use sensors and devices as part of a series of instructions. Be able to describe limitations and improvements that can be made.

 
  • I know that devices can be controlled by a computer.
  • I know how control systems are used in everyday life.
  • I know how to enter commands to control a device.
  • I know how to correct and improve my procedures.
  • I know how to use sensors to control devices.
  • I know how sensors can be used to monitor changes in the environment.
  • I know which sensor is the most appropriate to use.
  • I know how to interpret a graph produced by a sensor.
  • I can explain why a computer data logging device can be better than 'traditional' methods.
  • I know how to adjust and improve procedures in the light of testing

 

 

Linked Planning Linked Resources

Controlling devices

smartboard Robolab car park barrier

word Robolab challenges

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smartboard Robolab merry go round

smartboard Robolab group work

 
  smartboardRobolab integrated task word Icons  

Controlling devices

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Week

Area of study (From NC PoS)

Learning Objectives

Activities

Key Vocabulary

Resources

Assessment Outcomes

 

1

Create, test, improve and refine sequences of instructions.

To use Robolab to control a lego model.

Use Pilot levels 1 and 2 to control the motor and lights on a lego model using a timer.

Robolab, RCX brick, transmitter, control, timer

Simple lego model e.g. barrier in a car park or a pelican crossing

Level 3:
I understand how to control devices by writing a set of instructions and make it do what I want.

Level 4:
I can create a set of instructions which I have planned for a particular task.

Level 5:
I can create a set of instructions to carry out a task.  I know that the order and accuracy of these instructions are important.

 

2

Create, test, improve and refine sequences of instructions.

To use Robolab to create a two step program.

Use Pilot levels 3 to control a lego model using a time and LOOP to run continuously.

Robolab, RCX brick, transmitter, control, timer, loop

Pre-built model e.g. of traffic lights or merry-go-round

 

3

Create, test, improve and refine sequences of instructions.

To test, improve and refine instructions.

Share a sequence of instructions which operate a cooling system.  Predict what it will do.  How could it be improved?

Sequence Instructions

Robolab, RCX brick, transmitter, motor, fan

 

4

Create, test, improve and refine sequences of instructions.

To plan a sequence of instructions.

Write / draw their own sequence of instructions to control a model of their own design e.g. a toy.

Robolab, RCX brick, transmitter, control, timer, loop

 

 

5

Create, test, improve and refine sequences of instructions.

To test, improve and refine instructions.

Work in groups to build, test, improve and refine their sequence of instructions.

Robolab, RCX brick, transmitter, control, timer, loop

Robolab software
RCX brick, transmitter, lego model

 

6

Monitor events and respond to them.

To identify the role of switches and timers for everyday devices.

Create a flow diagram to record how everyday devices are controlled.

Devices, switches, timers, control, flow diagram

Example flow diagram