KS2 Building a pyramid

Not so much a game but a great way of introducing planning and problem solving for older children which is ideal for an outdoor activity but can also be carried out in the classroom if you have room. ...

FP / KS2 Creating dances with loops

Most dances are based on sequences (procedures) which are repeated (loops).  A great fun activity is to let the children get into groups, put some loud dance music on and let the children create ...

KS2 Relay race coding

Put the children into teams, in lines, as you would for a relay race. Some distance in front of each team (depends on the space available and the age of the children.) place laminated cards with ...

KS2 Down Down (Loops + procedures)

A fun singing game that helps children learn about loops, procedures and variables  Children make a circle.  Teacher demonstrates the chant whilst clapping to keep the rhythm. At the ‘Hey Sam’, ...

FP / KS1 Smiley variables

8 month ago with no comments in Intermediate, Using logic
Divide into small (3 or 4 max) groups Draw circles on the ground with chalk or, in a classroom, print and laminate some yellow circles –two or three for each group. Talk about emoticons – what ...

KS2 Make a card sorting machine

8 month ago with no comments in Intermediate, Using logic
Divide children into groups of about 5 or 6. Exact numbers don’t matter.  Put several packs of playing cards in front of each group jumbled together.  (Even better if they are all face down) The ...

FP/KS1 Find the Smiley

Aim Use the cardinal points of the compass and simple coordinates to locate an object in a grid Create a 5 x 5 grid on a piece of laminated card.  Make a smiley face on a disc that will fit in a ...

FP / KS 1 2×2 Sorting grid

8 month ago with no comments in Beginners, Using logic
Aim: To introduce the idea of sorting data using two variables and explore the concept of AND and NOT Most Foundation Phase teachers will be used to teaching opposites and using simple sorting ...

KS2 Copy cups, copy cones

8 month ago with no comments in Intermediate, Using logic
Work in pairs or in teams of about 3. You need one set of 6 playground cones and 6 bean bags per pair or plastic cups if you are doing this in a classroom. One team has a sheet on which are drawn ...

FP/KS2 Conditionals game

8 month ago with no comments in Algorithms, Intermediate
Start off playing Simon Says. One child is nominated as ‘Simon’ (teacher should be Simon for the first few rounds) Tell the children that IF Simon says they should do something, THEN they do it ...