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House patterns activity

In this activity SEND pupils will learn to spot and reuse patterns to support their understanding of the Computing curriculum as they develop their computational thinking. Pupils will identify similarities between different houses and use them to create their own house.  

Head, shoulders, knees and toes algorithms

In this activity SEND pupils will learn to follow instructions, to create an algorithm for people to follow, to debug an algorithm and to use repetition in a sequence of instructions. Pupils will create a set of instructions to sing the well-known song ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’.

Getting ready for school decomposition act

This in this activity SEND pupils will learn to break down a problem into smaller steps, to create a sequence of instructions for someone to follow and to understand that the order of instructions are important. Pupils will decompose the act of getting ready for school by breaking down the activity into smaller...

Dance-Move-Algorithms

This activity gives SEND pupils the opportunity to make up a dance routine and create a clear algorithm for a partner to follow. Pupils will learn to follow instructions, create a sequence of instructions for people to follow and to understand that the order of instructions is important. Dance move cards will...

Creating patterns activity

This activity gives SEND pupils the opportunity to look for patterns, complete sequences, create their own patterns and develop their understanding of algorithms by making instructions for others follow. Pupils will be challenged to create step-by-step instructions to create simple algorithms and opportunities are...

Bee-Bot route decomposition activity

This activity gives SEND pupils the opportunity to create a program to control a single Bee-Bot around a complex course. Pupils learn to break down a problem into smaller parts, create an algorithm and a program to move a robot to a specific point and to detect and correct errors in the program by creating obstacle...

Where Would You Photograph? (7-11)

In this activity children take on the role of Earth observation scientists submitting a request for an image they would like for their research. This gives them the opportunity to consider the possibilities of pictures taken from orbit (and the limitations) and to write scientifically for a specific audience. It...

From the Ground and From the Sky

This activity introduces the idea of remote observation by asking children to match photographs such as lakes, mountains and cities taken from the ground with early astronaut photographs. Children then compare the images from the ground with the astronaut picture of the same place. This activity is also suitable...

Emotional robot

A short starter activity for students of all ages. It would make a good introduction to lessons on robotics or artificial intelligence and could spark a discussion on how neural networks might be used to create human-like behaviour. Equally, when discussing HCI design, it might move the debate beyond keyboard and...

STEM Learning magazine: primary - summer 2016

This STEM Learning magazine aimed at all primary teachers contains articles devoted to teaching science, mathematics, design and technology and computing at primary level. Articles include: 

  • What does primary STEM look like?
  • Taking the next step in coding
  • Could the...

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