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LESSON THREE

Overview: In this lesson, children will begin to explore LegoWeDo, finding out how the motor, motion and tilt sensor work. Children will
attempt to build a model from Lego following specific instructions.
National curriculum link: Use sequence, selection and repetition in programs, work with variables and various forms of input and output.
Learning objective:
We are learning to use LegoWeDo to create a specific model using the tilt or motion sensor.
Through effective questioning we were able to gauge an idea of childrens current knowledge and experience with sensors using LegoWeDo.
Some had previous knowledge using the Lego crocodile with the mouth opening and shutting using the motion sensor.
To support children with creating their own LegoWeDo model, we provided a practice sheet where children could explore with the Lego and
get a clearer understanding by following step by step guided instructions. This appeared to work well.
However, as children worked in partners, due to lack of resources, it was difficult for some children to play an equal part in make the model.
Some children appeared more confident and overpowering, meaning the other child was less involved and engaged. Contrary to this, some
children worked really well together making the collaborative work essential. Children used their problem-solving and communication skills to
assist each other in making the models, all vital skills for computational thinking.
Children enjoyed planning their ideas for their own Lego modes, however needed reminding about the type of sensor they were using and its
purpose. Once this was concrete, children had very good ideas about what they intended to do.
To make this a more effective lesson I would
Ensure children had enough resources to make what they needed, as this meant children had to alter were they were making, limiting
creativity
Explore other programmes using the tilt and motion sensor to enable children to explore it in a different context
Success criteria:
All: I am able to build a LegoWeDo model with adult support
Most: I am able to build a LegoWeDo model with adult support, using a tilt or motion sensor.
Some: I am confidently able to create a LegoWeDo model using the tilt or motion sensor.

Key words: Input, output, motion, tilt, sensor, motor


Key questions:
Where do we see tilt/motion sensors in our everyday lives? (put into context for children/share ideas and challenge misconceptions)
What are your ideas (talk partners)
How can you improve your idea?
What went well and why?
Is there anything you would change?
Resources
Netbooks
Power point
LegoWeDo
Instruction booklets
Problem solving games
Starter
Recap motor, motion sensor and tilt sensor
Problem Solving games
Learning Objectives
New learning
Explore LegoWeDo components.
Main
Problem solving games

Build specific Lego models from LegoWeDo following instructions.

Consider how we could make these move on computer - share ideas and explore

Plan own models on paper - one with a tilt sensor, one with a motion sensor I am using a tilt sensor because

Share ideas in small groups (half class) and adapt plans in preparation for next lesson

Plenary
Discuss and share ideas
What did you learn?
What did you enjoy? Find difficult?
Have you achieved the learning objectives? Assessment (faces, etc)