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Unit of work

Musical micro:bit

Computational thinking, Computer systems, Music, Programming | MakeCode | 7-11 yrs

Lesson 3

Musical gestures


Pupils extend their understanding of selection from previous units by following and modifying algorithms. They then consider how gestures are used by a conductor in an orchestra and write algorithms to instruct others which notes to play on a pitched instrument (i.e. glockenspiel) when certain gestures are made.

Learning objectives

  • To analyse and modify algorithms
  • To identify patterns in algorithms
  • To write algorithms using repetition and selection

You will need

Downloadable resources:

  • Lesson plan
  • Lesson slides
  • Student handouts
    • Planning an algorithm
    • Bank of gestures
    • Algorithm support sheet

Other resources:

Printouts of slides, musical instruments, paper - writing

Lesson plan