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Enjoyable activities, designed by teaching professionals for families to do at home with their children.

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What is computational thinking?

Computational thinking is about learning to solve problems, with or without a computer. These problem solving skills not only support the computing curriculum in primary school, but also play a part in other subjects, from maths to PE, and can even be applied in everyday life! To help you support your child participate in our activities, you can view or download our quick guide to computational thinking.

Learning together activities

Fun and creative activities, built by teachers to help you guide your child through fundamental parts of the computing curriculum without the need for screen time. They include everything you need to get started with activity sheets and accompanying materials.

Who owns this?

Age:
4-6 years
Concepts:
Digital Literacy
Overview:
The basis of this scavenger hunt activity is looking at ownership and permission, and the idea that if we want to use something which belongs to someone else, we have to ask.

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Lesson Plan.pdf

Supporting Worksheets.pdf

Keep it safe

Age:
4-6 years
Concepts:
Digital Literacy
Overview:
In this activity children explore the idea of how we can keep our things secure using locks and passwords, by looking for examples and adding their own.

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Lesson Plan.pdf

Supporting Worksheets.pdf

Dance moves

Age:
5-11 years
Concepts:
Algorithms
Overview:
Children will make up a dance routine and create the instructions for a partner to follow.

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Activity Instructions.pdf

Supporting Worksheets.pdf

Hand jive sequence

Age:
7-11 years
Concepts:
Decomposition
Overview:
Using a sequence of hand jives, children break down actions into smaller parts - just as problems are broken down to create computer programs like video games.

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Activity Instructions.pdf

Supporting Worksheets.pdf

Pizza party

Age:
5-11 years
Concepts:
Programming, Debugging, Algorithms
Overview:
Computing in the kitchen? Children will love making their own pizzas while learning to create and debug (fix) the recipe.

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Activity Instructions.pdf

Supporting Worksheets.pdf

Building blocks

Age:
5-11 years
Concepts:
Decomposition, Algorithms
Overview:
Help ‘build’ your child’s understanding of algorithms and decomposition by designing simple instructions to build a model in this fun activity.

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Activity Instructions.pdf

Supporting Worksheets.pdf

Creating patterns

Age:
5-7 years
Concepts:
Patterns, Evaluation, Debugging, Algorithms
Overview:
Children spot and create patterns.

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Activity Instructions.pdf

Supporting Worksheets.pdf

Shopping List

Age:
5-11 years
Concepts:
Algorithms, Abstraction
Overview:
You can’t make a cake without the right ingredients. In this activity, creating a shopping list helps children get the hang of abstraction.

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Activity Instructions.pdf

Supporting Worksheets.pdf

Code breakers

Age:
9-11 years
Concepts:
Logic, Decomposition
Overview:
Solve a series of codes inspired by one of our favourite Roald Dahl poems and learn skills like logical reasoning and perseverance.

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Activity Instructions.pdf

Supporting Worksheets.pdf

Going wild

Age:
5-11 years
Concepts:
Programming, Debugging, Algorithms
Overview:
Children programme their homemade bee to move towards flowers by creating a short sequence of instructions (an algorithm).

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Activity Instructions.pdf

Supporting Worksheets.pdf

House patterns

Age:
5-7 years
Concepts:
Patterns
Overview:
By drawing their own house, exploring and identifying similarities between features of other houses, children start to understand patterns.

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Activity Instructions.pdf

Supporting Worksheets.pdf

Cyber Snakes

Age:
4-6 years
Concepts:
Digital Literacy
Overview:
With the support of an adult this fun game based on the classic Snakes and Ladders gives an opportunity for a child to discuss and understand how they can stay safe online whilst playing.

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Cyber Snakes Activity Plan.pdf

Cyber Snakes A4 board.pdf

Cyber Snakes Dice Counters.pdf

Story sequencing

Age:
4-6 years
Concepts:
Algorithms
Overview:
Using a well-known story or song, children learn how important it is to put a sequence of events in the right order - the first step in understanding algorithms.

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Activity Instructions.pdf

Supporting Worksheets.pdf

Floating and Sinking

Age:
4-6 years
Concepts:
Persevering, Logic, Evaluation, Creating, Collaborating
Overview:
By creating a boat children experience floating and sinking through play. Using new vocabulary to describe what happens.

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Activity Instructions.pdf

Supporting Worksheets.pdf

Movement Match

Age:
4-6 years
Concepts:
Persevering, Evaluation, Debugging, Algorithms
Overview:
Using the popular nursery rhyme The Grand Old Duke of York, children use movement to bring algorithms to life.

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Activity Instructions.pdf

Supporting Worksheets.pdf

Human robot

Age:
5-7 years
Concepts:
Debugging, Algorithms
Overview:
Transforming into robots and programming each other's movements is at the heart of this fun and educational activity.

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Activity Instructions.pdf

Supporting Worksheets.pdf

2D shapes

Age:
7-11 years
Concepts:
Logic, Debugging, Algorithms
Overview:
Get creative with computing! Children use 2D shapes and algorithms (a series of instructions) to draw pictures, detecting and correcting errors in the process.

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Activity Instructions.pdf

Supporting Worksheets.pdf

Mini missions

Our quick, easy to do mini activities provide fun ideas to get children practising their computational thinking skills.

Split into the six computational thinking concepts it’s easy to discover new ways to introduce and reinforce learning from school and at home.

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Download printable version of mini missions

Interactive learning games

We have also created some fantastic online games for children to explore. These fun activities are Barefoot inspired and apply computational thinking concepts to promote learning while playing.

Phisherman game

  • Age: 8-11 years
  • Concepts: Digital Literacy
  • Overview: Exploring an underwater village children learn how to recognise the signs of phishing and help the residents stay safe as they come under attack from the Phisherman.

Tricky Traffic

  • Age: 7-9 years
  • Concepts: Algorithms, Decomposition
  • Overview: Help the drivers of Red and Blue town avoid disaster using decomposition skills!

Barefoot Zoo

  • Age: 5-11 years
  • Concepts: Abstraction
  • Overview: Help Ranger Jack use the powers of abstraction to save his struggling zoo!

Sorting It Out

  • Age: 5-7 years
  • Concepts: Logic, Algorithms
  • Overview: There’s a goat in the pig pen! Help Barefoot Farm sort out this mess.

Code Cracking

  • Age: 7-11 years
  • Concepts: Evaluation, Logic
  • Overview: Learn about code cracking in WW11 and use your evaluation skills to help stop the invasion!

Colourful Kits

  • Age: 5-7 years
  • Concepts: Data
  • Overview: Learn all about patterns, logic and debugging through a series of sporting themed activities.

The Diamond

  • Age: 9-11 years
  • Concepts: Logic, Algorithms
  • Overview: Dr Mischief has stolen the world's biggest diamond. Use logic and algorithms to get it back.

Asteroid Blaster

  • Age: 7-11 years
  • Concepts: Variables
  • Overview: Jump onboard the Asteroid Blaster space-ship and learn all about variables.

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