Use this mat to help develop understanding of North, South, East and West and to plan routes.
See example activity below taken from the 'Let's Go with Bee-Bot Activity Book'.
This activity gives children a chance to develop their understanding
of the concepts North, South, East West. By using a robot to turn, the
children will need to think carefully about which way is North, use
their lefts and rights and also realise that North stays North all the
time. Planning complete routes is a hard skill and will need some
Show the children the pirate map. Ask them to think about where the
treasure will be hidden and identify a co-ordinate on the map. Show them
the pirate map sheet. It is wise to give them a plain piece of paper
first to write their instructions on. Once they have tested them they
can be copied on the real sheet. Children can use the small copy of the
pirate map to plan the route, and the large pirate map to check their
Once they have completed their instructions and checked them, they
can be given to another child who needs to guess where the treasure is.
Again, small copies of the treasure map are needed. The children can
mark on their copy of the map where they think the route will go, and
then program everything into Bee-Bot and see where he goes, marking the correct route with a red line.
To extend this into language work, the children could turn the journey to collect the treasure as a story.