Lesson 14: Castles, Princesses & Knights

Snack and Chat

Form One have been learning about Fantasy, so today we are going to have some adventures with Castles, Princesses & Knights!

1. BeeBots – A Crown & Castle Rescue Mission

We’ve got some pictures of a Knight on a Horse, a Castle, a Crown, and a Princess. We’ll be placing those under the mat, and I’ll ask each group of children to tell a story involving those characters, while sending the BeeBot off on a mission to bring the Crown back to the Princess.

2. Explore – Dora’s Magic Castle Adventure

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Explore Dora’s Magic Castle Adventure, but choosing any Game, or coming back for more!

All the different coloured keys to the different coloured doors must be found to locate the wizard’s wand to break the spell on the castle.




3. Explore – Mike the Knight Games

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4. Colouring – Design your own Castle

Using the scrap paper by the printer, I’d like you to draw a Castle of your own design. What would you castle look like? Does it have tall towers? Lots of window? A landing pad for a Dragon?

Lesson 13: Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Snack & Chat

The Reception Class has been learning about Fairy Tales and has been covering Goldilocks and the Three Bears, so it’s a fun chance to do some storytelling with the BeeBots.

We have a Whiteboard activity today, that the children can do some dragging and dropping:

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Here’s another one if that one is too boring: http://www.iboard.co.uk/iwb/Goldilocks-One-Scene-Focus-147

1. BeeBots Activity

We’ll split into larger groups today, to walk the BeeBots through the stages of the Goldilocks story, using these pictures under the mat: http://img.speakaboos.com/images/assets/worksheets/558×722/picture-puzzle/goldilocks-and-the-three-bears-picture-puzzle.jpg

2. Computer Exploration Activity

Explore the world with Mouk – the little travelling bear:

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3. Creative Computer Activity

Create your own story book about you and your family

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4. Creative Activity – Cut out Puppet Goldilocks and the Three Bears


Staff Meeting Presentation

Another useful presentation about BeeBots from MacICT, an excellent online resource:

An interesting presentation about Computing in School and the new Computing Curriculum:

And a very useful overview of teaching Computational Thinking:

Clock Lesson Plan

Bee-Bot Clock, by Karen Reynolds


Activity Overview

Draw a clock on the floor, on paper, or create a clock with tape.  Place the hours from 1 to 12 on the clock.  Make the 3, 6, 9, and 12 bold or larger for this beginning time activity. Talk with children about what time means. Discuss the difference between analog and digital.  Practice reading analog and digital clocks.  Practice converting between analog and digital time.  Talk about relative time (earlier, later, etc.).

Activity Objectives

  • Students will recognize quarter hours.
  • Students will verbalize quarter hours.
  • Students will understand the relationship between analog time and digital time.
  • Students will be able to follow verbal instructions and display the correct time on the clock.
  • Students will verbalize their understanding of relative time.


  • Use technology to enhance learning and promote creativity
  • Recognize numbers and patterns
  • Time (analog and digital)
  • Identify relationships
  • Understand concepts of “earlier”, “later”, “before”, “after”
  • Recognize we live in a global community where time is relative


  • Create a clock with Roman Numerals (I to XII)
  • Introduce concepts of earlier, later, tomorrow, yesterday, etc.
  • Talk about units, proportions, and multiplication:  turning one unit (15 minutes) on the clock takes Bee-Bot to the 3, turning two units (30 minutes) on the clock points Bee-Bot to the 6, etc.
  • Introduce time zones and talk about the current time in other parts of the world.  Make this an addition and subtraction lesson.
  • Introduce the concept of the solar system and the earth’s rotation and the effect on time.
  • Create a history lesson by talking about daylight savings time.


  • Telling Time with Big Mama Cat, Dan Harper
  • Telling Time: How to Tell Time on Digital and Analog Clocks! Jules Older
  • Bats Around the Clock, Kathi Appelt and Melissa Sweet
  • My First Book of Time, Claire Llewelly
  • Big Hand, Little Hand, Judith Herbst

Web Resources

BeeBot Lesson Ideas


  • Draw a number line or use masking tape to create a number line on the table or floor
  • Have Bee-Bot add two numbers
  • Program Bee-Bot to go forward and then back (subtraction)
  • Program Bee-Bot to go forward x units, 3 times (multiplication)
  • Add the negative number line and talk about negative numbers
  • Draw an xy axis and talk about ordered pairs, slope
  • Ask children to sit on the floor. Let children program Bee-Bot to visit others (estimation)
  • Color, shape recognition
  • Patterning
  • Time
  • Money
  • Show movement on a grid – put a shape on bee-bots back
  • Schedule for the day
  • Charts
  • Estimation
  • Skip counting

Language Arts

  • Sequence a story – Give a Moose a Muffin
  • Act out a story – Little Red Hen, The Three Pigs, Billy Goats Gruff, Are you My Mother, I Went Walking
  • Phoenemic Awareness
  • Number of sounds and syllables
  • ABC hunt
  • Letter, sound, sight word recognition
  • Animated Literacy
  • Word Webs


  • Draw a map of the planets. Program Bee-Bot to visit different planets
  • Have Bee-Bot start at the sun and visit the planets in order
  • Draw or build a zoo. Have Bee-Bot take food to the animals
  • Habitats – bee-bot can be different animals (i.e. rain forest)
  • Incline Plane – compare objects as they go down the ramp (velocity)


  • Draw a grid with different types of food. Program Bee-Bot to pick the healthy foods
  • Talk about food groups and have Bee-Bot pick a well-rounded meal
  • Pick out ingredients for a recipe


  • Draw a map of a town. Program Bee-Bot to visit the post office, the library, the fire station, etc.
  • Ask students to find a different route to their destination
  • Add street signs and talk about safety
  • Pretend Bee-Bot is a school bus picking up children
  • Build a town with cardboard boxes, cut outs, etc. Pretend Bee-Bot is a delivery man and give him a list of houses to visit
  • Draw a “blueprint” of a house. Program Bee-Bot to go from room to room (could be a blueprint of your school or the public library)
  • Draw a road. Program Bee-Bot to travel the road to certain destinations. How many ways can he get to his destination?
  • Draw a map of the United Kingdom (or of the World!). Program Bee-Bot to travel to different places


BeeBot Lesson Resources

Downloadable, printable, cards: 2D shapes, 3D shapes, pirate-themed cards

Paper Bag Puppet Patterns

Paper Town Template

Download Software to Print and Make a Paper Town

Download Software to Prnt and Make a Paper Farm