Introduction to Micro:bit

 Key Stage: Key Stage 2  Coding Language: Micro:bit  Resource type: Lesson plan

Resource overview

The BBC Micro:bit is an external device designed to introduce children to the basics of coding through physical computing. It's a great way to help your class understand the relationship between code and the devices it controls. Use this lesson to introduce the micro:bit and help your class get started with physical computing.

Lesson plan  
  • Key resource information

    • You will need: Laptops or desktop computers, BBC micro:bits (one per computer), https://microbit.org 
  • Teaching assessment opportunities

    • Have the children try out each other’s’ code – did they all use the same blocks? 
    • What was different? 
    • Is there only one right way to complete the task?
  • Lesson length

    • 45 minutes

     

  • Pupil objectives

    • "I can control my micro:bit with a range of input actions to get my desired output action”
    • “I understand the operation of a process and its outcome. I can structure related items of information.”
    • “I can explore and comment on processes in the world around me making use of core computational thinking concepts and can organise information in a logical way.”

Related resources

Downloading your code

Use this guide to get to grips with downloading your code from the micro:bit website to your device, before introducing micro:bits into your classroom.

What is the Micro:bit

Use this handout to show your class the different features of the micro:bit and where they are on the device.

Introduction to conditionals

Conditional statements are all around us in everyday life and in computing. Use everyday examples to bring conditionals to life and get the class moving with an offline activity before creating a Rock, Paper, Scissors game using the micro:bit.

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