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Lesson Length The expected lesson length will be approximately one hour

Some variation possible.

Assessment Level 1

Students The lesson is suitable for KS3 and KS4 students Since this is a new specification, the lesson is suitable for Year 7 to 9 students and differentiated by outcome  
Overall Focus This lesson will take a final look at operators to make sure students fully understand how and when to use them.

This lesson will complete the look at logical operators and consolidate the student's understanding through some practical exercises.

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Key words logic, statements, These words need to be reinforced throughout the series of lessons  
Assessment predict the outcome of statements containing AND, NOT and OR in information searches

Evidence here will be student's own work and assessor observations.

Key Questions Some questions to get learners thinking about the topics Some questions about how to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of searching for information. What methods can we deploy to help make finding information easier?  We all have huge amounts of data and a wealth at our fingertips, but how do we get the information we need and not waste our time on pointless searches?
Learning Objectives
  • To understand logic in computing
  • To explore and explain the application of logic for search improvements
  • To understand how and when to use logical operators for efficiency

Students need to understand how and when to use the different types of logic and be able to explain with examples how they improve the way computers retrieve information.

If you are using the Learning Machine learning system, students can add their comments and material to this site as evidence of their growing understanding.  The site, if used consistently, will show progression via charts of activity and outcomes.
Teaching and Learning Elements
  • Teacher led discussion on findings and understanding
  • Groups working on completing their findings and write-ups of the use and function of operators
  • Summarize the key findings


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This basic simulation site allows you to work out the rules of logical operators and see if you can create working systems.

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 Look into some real world use cases of operators and reinforce why they are important.  Devise some basic puzzles with operators to see if students can work through the logic.

This web site allows you to build basic logic circuits and test them to see if their predictions are correct.

Some good examples of the operators is here for discussion.

Lesson Structure Possible structure
  1. practical discussion on the use and deployment of operators
  2. discuss with students how detailed examples work
  3. groups work on their own and create plans to test
  4. check plans for content and workability
  5. check they can apply logic effectively
  6. finish plans
  7. intro to next session

Test equipment graphicStudents can complete their work on logical operators and present their ideas to each other to show their level of understanding.  See if they can come up with some novel way to use their ideas.  What other subjects could use this type of logical operations.

Homework Finish write up of understanding of operators and submit any clear examples to their blogs for peer review. Students can vary their homework depending on their level of understanding Students can continue to document their experience on their portfolio system for assessment


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