This series of five lessons is aimed at pupils aged 7-8 years (KS2 Year 3 in England and Grade 2 in the USA) and build on the ‘Nature art’ unit. Pupils design sequenced algorithms for flashcards to help them learn a foreign language, developing their understanding of computational thinking. They then write programs to create digital flashcards using the micro:bit and test and evaluate their work.
The lesson sequence comprises:
- Unplugged lesson discovering how flashcards work through algorithms
- Programming abstracted images on the micro:bit LED display to make digital flashcards
- Improving programs by introducing delays and spotting patterns
- Experimenting (tinkering) with the MakeCode editor to discover more ways of using the display
- Debugging, evaluating and consolidating computing concepts used in this unit.
- 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
Creative thinking, collaboration, problem-solving.
You will need
- Lesson plan
- Lesson slides
- Student handouts
- HEX files
- highlighter pens (different colours)
- paper - large sheets
- paper - writing
- student work from previous lesson