Lesson 4: Experiments in space

Learn what plants need to grow that will help to create an algorithm for growing a plant in space, including the use of sensors to collect vital data

Learning objective

  • To create an algorithm for growing a plant in space

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content


CAS Framework links

  • CAS progression pathway: Recognises and can use a range of input and output devices
  • CAS progression pathway: Recognises different types of data: text, number (AB) (GE)
  • CAS progression pathway: Appreciates that programs can work with different types of data (GE)

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

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Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Should keep their algorithms simple by programming instructions that are followed every day rather than waiting for a specific input.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should incorporate the sensors in their algorithms.

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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