Lesson 3: Precise instructions

In this 'unplugged' lesson instead of using technology, the children physically assume the roles of programmer (giving instructions) and Bee-Bot (carrying out the instructions)

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To plan and follow a set of instructions precisely

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event

Differentiation

Pupils needing extra support: Keep executing the programs with single directional commands.

Pupils working at greater depth: Challenge the pupils by starting the Bee-Bot child facing away from the goal.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding

Vocabulary

Created by:
Sway Grantham,  
Computing specialist
Sway Grantham (@SwayGrantham) is a Primary School Teacher, a CAS Master Teacher and Specialist Leader in Education for Primary ICT. She also has a BCS Certificate in Computer Science Teaching (Primary). She has written several curricula and conducted research into the…
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