Lesson 2: Giving instructions

Children guide a partner through an obstacle course to develop an understanding of giving simple instructions

Before the lesson

Learning objectives

  • To follow instructions as part of practical activities and games

EYFS outcomes

Communication and language

  • Articulate their ideas and thoughts in well-formed sentences.
  • Use talk to help work out problems and organise thinking and activities, and to explain how things work and why they might happen.


Personal, social and emotional development

  • Build constructive and respectful relationships.
  • ELG: Self-regulation: Give focused attention to what the teacher says, responding appropriately even when engaged in activity, and show an ability to follow instructions involving several ideas or actions
  • ELG: Managing self: Be confident to try new activities and show independence, resilience and perseverance in the face of challenge
  • ELG: Building relationships: Work and play cooperatively and take turns with others


Characteristics of Effective Learning 

  • Active learning
  • Creating and thinking critically


Outcomes taken from Development Matters, 2021. 

ELGs taken from the new statutory framework for the EYFS, 2021.


Key vocabulary


Next steps

To learn to follow instructions and debug them when things go wrong.

To learn that an algorithm refers to a set of instructions given in a specific order. 

Created by:
Sophie Pickles,  
Computing specialist
Sophie is an expert Early Years consultant. She has spent many years both teaching in Reception and leading, in her role of Head of Early Years and senior manager at an outstanding-rated, child-led setting. Sophie now works with many national educational…
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