Lesson 1: Tinkering with BBC micro:bit

Once children are introduced to the BBC micro:bit device, they investigate what it does and how it works

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To tinker

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals
    use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Focus these children on using the blocks in ‘basic’ including the ‘on start’ and ‘forever’ blocks that are there in the beginning.


Pupils working at greater depth: Encourage them to build on each idea they have, before moving on to a new one. Ask them to reflect on what they’ve created and what they could do to make it ‘even better’.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Richard Williams,  
Computing specialist
Richard is a Year 6 Teacher at St. Pancras Primary School. Richard’s passion for teaching was recognised when he received Suffolk’s ‘Raising The Bar’ award for Innovation 2016. With his class he made the world’s first guided VR:360 school tour…
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