Computers operate by following a list of instructions, called a program, which has been written to carry out a particular task. Programs are written in languages that have been specially designed, with a limited set of instructions, to tell computers what to do. Some languages are more suitable for some purposes than others.
This task provides students with the opportunity to create and follow an algorithm to complete a particular task, focusing on clear and precise language provided in the correct order.
Note: this task has limited opportunity to incorporate choices (though that is an integral part of designing algorithms at this level (years 3–4).