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Bee-Bots Basics

This introduction to using the small programmable robot, the BeeBot, introduces children to creating simple programs. They learn the importance of sequences of accurate instructions, and test their sequences out using a 'fakebot' or paper-robot. Children are encouraged to debug and develop their sequences before...

Viking Raid

This paired-programming activity from the Barefoot Computing project focusses on sequences in algorithms and programs.

Children create an animation of a Viking raid – ideally they will have previously studied Vikings but this is not crucial. A Scratch file is provided for the children to build on, containing...

Graph paper programming

The video explains the purpose of the activity which is to help students understand the principles behind coding. This is an unplugged activity meaning that students understand the computing principles without the use of a computer. By programming one another to draw pictures, students begin to understand what...

Bee-Bots 1,2,3 Programming Activity

This activity for younger children introduces algorithms and algorithmic thinking. After first planning how to draw numbers using the simple commands available, children then program a BeeBot to create the shapes (BeeBots are a type of simple programmable rover).

By watching and feeding back on each other's...

Session One: Unplugged Algorithms for Moving Along a Route

A basic lesson that introduces the idea of algorithms and simple sequences of commands. The online Rapid Router environment is introduced, after the children use some 'unplugged' activities to develop their thinking.

Session Two: Starting off On-Screen With the App

The second lesson in a series of 10 introduces children further to the online programming learning environment Rapid Router. Using the Scratch-like language 'Blockly' children build simple sequences of instructions and start to debug.

The resource includes worksheets, answers, assessment forms and wall...

Session Three: Creating Simple Algorithms to Reach a Single Destination

In the third lesson of the course, children use direct 'remote control' of the Rapid router van to gain experience before starting to program their own sequences of commands. They also start to debug simple sequences.

The resource contains assessment records, wall displays, and activity solutions.

Session Five: Create a More Complex Algorithm to Deliver One or More Packages on the Way

The 5th lesson in the Rapid Router series adds complexity to algorithms, raising the level of challenge and building on familiar contexts from earlier activities.

Also included are wall displays, teacher and peer assessment sheets, worksheets and model solutions.

Session Six: Delivering Several Packages in a Sensible Sequence

This extension activity, from the Rapid Router Key Stage 1 course using Blockly, adds further complexity and challenge to simple sequenced commands.

Paired programming and unplugged activities build understanding of algorithms, with consideration of complexity and efficiency.

Included are wall...

Session Seven: Introducing the Repeat Code

The 7th lesson in this Rapid Router course using Blockly brings repetition to algorithms. Children use repeat to make simple sequences of commands shorter and more efficient.

The resource includes worksheets and model answers, assessment sheets and wall displays.

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