Lesson 2: Inputs

Learning how technology is controlled by labelling a robot that has been programmed for a specific purpose, focussing on which forms of input it requires

Learning objective

  • To recognise how technology is controlled

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs
  • Recognise common uses of information technology beyond school

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Download classroom resources

Attention grabber

Main event


For pupils needing extra support: If ideation is tricky, give them some limited options for what their robot could do. Provide a wordbank.


Pupils working at greater depth: Ask them to explain how we know whether technology is doing what you asked (output).

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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