Every year I find myself: tweaking, amending and improving my lessons to try and make them better. This year, I decided to re-examine my Pro-Bot lessons to try and make them cover my Year 2 programming objectives over one less session so that I could have the opportunity to show the children 2GO on Purple Mash (blog post coming soon). Briefly:
- The children move the Pro-Bot around a floor mat to different destinations, learning how to enter numerical commands (e.g. forward 3 instead of 3 lots of the forward command).
- The children learn how to put a pen inside the Pro-Bot and draw some simple lines onto a sheet of paper using it.
- The children learn how to program the Pro-Bot to draw rectangular shapes with it (hopefully spotting a repeating pattern in the commands they enter).
- The children draw shapes and patterns using the repeat command in their programs.
We only have one Pro-Bot at my school so I aim to let each child have three goes at programming it during each session (four if they work quickly and confidently). They all enjoy picking up the Pro-Bot at the end of their go to see how successful they were in drawing each line/shape and many also like to assist their friends in pointing out which command buttons need pressing. The repeating commands lesson was main lesson that I modified this year and the children seemed to find the way I presented the shape challenge cards much easier to interpret - I marked on them which sides were being repeated and displayed the repeating number in a colour in each programs' commands to make it simpler for them to see the connection.
Here are all the resources that I created and used this year when teaching the Pro-Bot to Year 2 so that you can see how I taught and developed the children's ICT skills over the four lessons: