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Unit of work

Data handling

Computational thinking, Programming | MakeCode | 7-11 yrs

This series of five lessons is aimed at pupils aged 9-10 (KS2 Year 5 in England). Pupils learn about data through a variety of unplugged activities. They write and evaluate algorithms and programs using selection and repetition to use micro:bit as a temperature recorder, an automatic warning system and a digital assistant. You will ideally use physical micro:bits for these lessons, although you can also use the simulator.

The unit comprises five lessons of approximately 60 minutes each:

  1. Research lesson on understanding, locating and using data
  2. Exploring the micro:bit’s sensors
  3. Unplugged lesson designing gadgets with sensors
  4. Using sensors in algorithms and programs
  5. Programming digital assistants

Learning objectives

  • can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve problems 
  • can evaluate and apply information technology
  • are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology

Additional skills

Researching, design thinking, problem-solving, debugging.