Years 1 and 2 have been using the Bee-bot app to create algorithms or sets of instructions. This is a great introduction to coding for younger children and makes the link between input and output. I have also encouraged the children to predict what they think will work, before testing their predictions. This shows children that algorithms have to be tested, and that they don’t always work first time.
If you would like to try Bee-bot at home, it is available for free on IOS devices from the App Store.
Years 3 and 4 have been using the fantastic Lightbot app to improve their programming skills. I have set them challenges to predict which sequence of instructions will complete each level. This activity has been great for testing problem solving skills, learning from mistakes and recognising that testing improves the quality of algorithms.
If you would like to have a go for yourself, the Lightbot app is available on a variety of platforms, for a small charge of about £1.99, or you can try it on the Hour of code website for free.