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Sarah Pinkney

You might need to limit the amount of contact pupils have with the LEGO elements, so we have included guides to enable you (or a pupil) to pre-build the models for your pupils to use.

While we obviously love hands-on building here at Raising Robots, this approach will allow your pupils to focus on their programming skills. It’s just about doing what works for you at your school.

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Your pupils will have great fun either working together in a small ‘bubble group’ or on their own, designing the island map! Here’s how…

Start by asking your pupils to measure out a 150x150cm square – this might be on large sheets of sugar paper or card that have been taped or glued together. Pupils then need to create 25 30x30cm squares inside the large square. It might be helpful to have an island map that you can fold or roll up so you can pop it into a cupboard when it’s not being used. Ask your pupils to label the x and y axis 1-5 and A-E as this will be so helpful when navigating!

Alternatively, pupils could measure each square out on the floor or on tables pushed together, then use sticky tape to mark out the island grid. Do whatever works for your environment – just remember to add in the BASE and the 3 coloured squares.


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Finally, ask your pupils to put their creativity to the test by adding decoration to their island map – why not add colours and textures for the sea, beaches, land? Your pupils might add coloured paper, foil and cardboard, or use coloured pens, pencils or paints and any arts and crafts items at hand. They could add lots of fun details to their island map using their brilliant imaginations and creativity!