Lesson 4: Making maps

By creating a simplified view of part of the school, children develop their understanding of abstraction

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To understand what abstraction is

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Should work as part of a guided group and discuss the key features that they should include in their plan – and whether their plan has too much or too little detail.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should discuss whether the level of abstraction they have used is too much, too little or just right.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Siobhan Morgan,  
Computing specialist
Head of Computing at Exeter Junior School, Siobhan Morgan has nine years of computing teaching experience as well as experience from her role of ‘Subject Genius for Computing’ on TES. Siobhán enjoys spending time with her family and searching for the Gruffalo…
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