This series of 6 lessons is aimed at pupils in the first year of secondary school (KS3 Year 7 in England). Students are introduced to the core concepts of computational thinking, programming and computer systems through unplugged activities and learning with the BBC micro:bit. No prior learning is assumed and this is an ideal introduction for students to ensure they have a shared understanding of these important elements of computing.
The lesson sequence includes:
- Computational thinking: paper aeroplane algorithms
- Computational thinking: prototyping
- Programming: modifying code, testing & debugging
- Programming: iteration & selection
- Computer systems: parts of a system
- understand and apply the fundamental principles & concepts of computer science.
- gain practical experience of writing computer programs to solve problems.
- evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies analytically to solve problems
- be responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
Problem-solving, collaboration, creative thinking.
You will need
- Lesson plan
- Lesson slides
- Student handouts
- colour marker pens
- glue (optional)
- microphones (optional)
- paper - large sheets
- paper - rough
- paper - writing
- screen recording software (optional)
- stickers (optional)
- sticky tack
- sticky tape
- tape measures (optional)
- video cameras (optional)
Lessons created in partnership with Nominet