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Unit of work

Barefoot - wildlife animations

Computer systems, Programming | MakeCode | 7-11 yrs

Lessons summary

These lessons are aimed at pupils aged 7-9. Pupils familiarise themselves with the BBC micro:bit. They also create icons and animations by programming the micro:bit's LED display and using the forever block and count-controlled loops. You will ideally use physical micro:bits for these lessons, although you can also use the simulator.

The unit comprises two lessons of approximately 60 minutes each:

  1. Discover how to create images on the micro:bit's LED display
  2. Make wildlife animations using sequences and loops

It was provided by Barefoot, a UK-based organisation that provides computing resources to primary schools.

Learning objectives

  • I can explain what the micro:bit's components do
  • I can sequence code within the micro:bit MakeCode editor
  • I can design and code images using the micro:bit's LEDs
  • I can use repetition within the micro:bit MakeCode editor
  • I can design and code an animation using the micro:bit’s LEDs
  • I can evaluate my work and suggest improvements

Additional skills

Creative thinking, evaluation.

You will need

Downloadable resources:

  • Student handouts
  • Lesson slides
  • Lesson plan

Other resources:

  • an example thaumatrope
  • pencils
  • sticky tape
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These lessons are contributed by Barefoot. If you wish to download the videos for this lesson, please visit the Barefoot website.

This content is published under an Open Government licence.