In 2017 we started to use Bee-Bot robots in 2nd and 3rd of Infants and, later, in the first two years of Primary.
Similar in appearance to a bee, the seven buttons allow you to programme them to make different movements: going forwards, backwards, turning right and left... The X button allows you to clear the memory and reprogramme the robot, which can be instructed to make up to forty movements.
Initially, we use simple and attractive floor mats with the robots that can be used for playing games. Pupils can then replace the mats and design their own circuits using blocks and other materials.
Fun and learning combine naturally.
As pupils play, different competences are activated: the mathematical competence, as pupils recognise, count and apply logic; the social and civic competence, as pupils are divided into small teams and encouraged to work effectively with their peers; the linguistic competence, as activity takes place in the English classroom; intrapersonal skills, as pupils have to develop patience and handle frustration...
Experimental and experiential learning are truly effective. Groups exercise autonomy as teachers adopt a secondary role, simply overseeing activity in the classroom, while pupil involvement and motivation come to the fore.