Integrating the micro:bit into your primary teaching
If you already have computing topics planned and want to integrate the micro:bit, here is a selection of micro:bit projects relevant to popular primary computing concepts and topics.
The projects are split into different ability levels so you can find the projects to suit your students: Getting started, Next steps and Aiming further.
Inputs & outputs
This is where you’ll discover the micro:bit’s super power! Your students can learn to make the physical device work using its many inputs and outputs and combine real interaction while working in code.
The projects in this unit of work make use of the micro:bit’s LED output to create images and animations and the speaker (sound output), to play sounds and music. Some of the device's inputs are explored as ways of activating such outputs.
Selection & sensors
If you are teaching selection and sensors, use this guide to introduce micro:bit to your teaching.
The projects in this unit of work explore the micro:bit’s inputs by using its light and sound sensors, and the accelerometer to activate outputs. It builds on understanding developed in the topic inputs and outputs and develops programs to use inputs to control outputs through the use of selection.
Introduction to variables
If you’re teaching variables, the micro:bit is a great addition to support students’ understanding of the concept.
The projects in this unit of work can be used to introduce variables and explore how the data generated by the micro:bit’s input devices, plus randomly generated data, can be used in a range of programs.