Safety Snakes: Programming meets Online Safety


You’re probably aware that the SWGfL Education Team are heavily involved in the delivery of the Barefoot Computing project, supporting UK primary teachers with computational thinking and computer science. And here at Barefoot, we have some exciting news to share with you, we have designed a programming resource to support Safer Internet Day!

Safety Snakes is a brand new, free resource designed to help primary school pupils learn how to stay safe online, while also developing their computational thinking and programming skills.

Pupils work together to play a game of snakes and ladders on a bright, colourful A1 Bee-Bot mat. To travel around the mat, they roll a dice and then program their Bee-Bot to move from space to space, until they reach the end. Hopefully, they avoid those pesky, slippery snakes, which make them slide backwards! Along the way, players consider positive and negative online safety scenarios that teach them about staying safe online.

This brilliant resource is perfect for incorporating into lesson plans for Safer Internet Day, Tuesday 6 February 2018.

What's in the free resource pack?

  • A detailed Safety Snakes lesson plan
  • An overview lesson plan
  • A printable version of the Bee-Bot mat (4 x A3 documents)
  • An online version of Safety Snakes that pupils can play on Scratch
  • A link to a video, presented by primary school children, showing how to use the Safety Snakes mat in a lesson
  • Other lesson resources, including Bee-Bot command cards, a printable Fake-Bot (useful for those who cannot access to a Bee-Bot), and a printable mat square for children to design their own Bee-Bot mat.

How do I access it?

If you have not already registered, do so on the Barefoot website to access and download all of these free resources from the Safety Snakes page. Additionally, if you request a Barefoot workshop before Friday 2 March, to be delivered before the end of the 2017/18 academic year, we will send you a free A1 printed Safety Snakes mat. To qualify for the free mat, all you need to do is enter 999 in the campaign code field when you request a workshop.

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