Lesson 3: Rocket building instructions

Use the computational thinking skill of sequencing to work out how to order and adapt a set of instructions to build a rocket, understanding the need for them to be in the right order

Learning objective

  • To sequence a set of instructions

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Download classroom resources

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May need more time to discuss what the missing image should look like before drawing.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should try the challenging extension task and consider what they would program the rocket to do. Should use appropriate vocabulary, e.g. program, algorithm, etc.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Richard Williams,  
Computing specialist
Richard is a Year 6 Teacher at St. Pancras Primary School. Richard’s passion for teaching was recognised when he received Suffolk’s ‘Raising The Bar’ award for Innovation 2016. With his class he made the world’s first guided VR:360 school tour…
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