Year 1 – Lesson 3 – Forwards and backwards

Curriculum KS1 Unit Lesson

In this lesson, learners will focus on programming the floor robot to move forwards and backwards. They will see that the robot moves forwards and backwards a fixed distance. This highlights the idea that robots follow a clear (fixed) command in a precise and repeatable way. Learners will think about starting the robot from the same place each time. Using the same start position with fixed commands will allow learners to predict what a program will do.

Note: This lesson focuses specifically on forwards and backwards movement only. This is to ensure that learners are developing a depth of knowledge in the concepts surrounding programming, as well as increasing their ability to make the robot move. The success criteria chosen highlight this and ensure that the learners’ knowledge builds in a suitably paced way.

Learning objectives

To combine forwards and backwards commands to make a sequence

  • I can compare forwards and backwards movements
  • I can start a sequence from the same place
  • I can predict the outcome of a sequence involving forwards and backwards commands

Package contents

  • Lesson plans
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  • Learner resources
  • Homework