This week we moved onto using the Bee-Bot Software to continue our coding work. The children had lots of hands on work with the physical Bee-Bot before we tried programming on screen. We are using Focus on Bee-Bot: Lesson Activities 1.3 from Focus Education and it is a great resource for teaching control, directional language and programming. It can be used on the IWB or on individual laptops.
Initially they found it quite difficult to follow through a series of instructions, especially left and right turns as these were hard to visualise. The program does however let you take this one step at a time and many of the children began to get the hang of it by the end of the afternoon.