This series of 5 lessons is aimed at pupils aged 10-11 years (KS2 Year 6 in England). They are introduced to variables and develop their understanding through a mixture of unplugged and practical programming activities. Pupils design and program the micro:bit to be a star-jump and step counter and a family activity selector.
The sequence comprises 5 lessons of approximately 60 minutes each:
- Describing with variables
- Using variables in algorithms and programs
- Analysing, programming and evaluating step-counters
- Planning to get active
- Programming and evaluating a family activity picker
- 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, debugging, evaluation.