“Here Be Dragons” Episode One

Chris Leach

I am currently working on plans for a six-week ICT project to introduce Year 6 to Computational Thinking and the world of Algorithms. This project has been inspired by the fantastic “Computational Fairy Tales” book by Jeremy Kubica.

The project takes place in the Mysterious Land of Ict which is plagued by a group of dragons. In the first lesson the children will be told that all of the villages in Ict are regularly attacked by these dragons and so they have developed a system to signal when a dragon is spotted. They use bonfires to signify when a dragon is near – a lit bonfire means a dragon has been sighted. Unfortunately due to strict Health and Safety rules and a lack of firewood each village is only allowed to have a maximum of three bonfires – but there are seven dragons pestering the villages. For their…

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