Lesson 1: Understanding arrows

Children learn the meaning of directional arrows and follow a simple sequence of instructions

Before the lesson

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Activity set-up

Learning objectives

  • To understand the meaning of directional arrows
  • To follow a simple sequence of instructions

EYFS outcomes

Personal, social and emotional development

ELG: Managing self

  • Be confident to try new activities and show independence, resilience and perseverance in the face of challenge


Characteristics of Effective Learning

  • Playing and exploring
  • Active learning
  • Creating and thinking critically


Outcomes taken from Development Matters, 2021. 

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


Teacher notes

Key vocabulary

Prompts for learning


Next steps

To experiment with programming a Bee-bot/Blue-bot. 

To explore and tinker with hardware to develop familiarity and introduce relevant vocabulary.

Note any specific next steps for individual children.

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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