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How do we get computers to do what we want?

Learn about how sequencing, programming and making computers work.

This lesson includes:

  • a video to help you understand programming computers
  • three activities to try out

Computers run using computer programs. A computer program is a series of algorithms written in a language that tells a computer what to do. Algorithms are sets of instructions. Computers are very good at following instructions.

The best programs are often those which use the quickest possible way to complete a task. Watch this film to see how a group of children make a computer program using Scratch.