Year 3 Programming in Kodu (Teacher notes)

Progression of skills in this pack
Create a 3D place using various design tools
Write a program to control a character using inputs
Write a program with conditions to create an if statement (If the character touches an object it will disappear)
Write a program with variables (scoring system)

⏱ 3-5 hours  

The free downloadable Kodu (Windows only) provides a platform for pupils to use the programming skills they have acquired so far into a more open-ended and creative environment. Kodu is a good introduction to programs like Scratch, particularly in Year 3, where pupils can become familiar with words such as sequence, inputs and conditions.

There are three pupil activity packs outlined below. It is a good idea to bring the class back as whole to watch the video tutorials and discuss some of the key vocabulary and skills, particularly the use of inputs to control the Kodu and the conditions to have objects interact with each other.

 Lower ability pupils could use the help sheets below for support with the coding aspect in particular. Higher ability pupils should be encourage to work through the activities below independently but also test their programming throughly. 

1. Programming in Kodu Pupil Activity Pack 
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Pupil Activity Code: 
692A – What is it?

What will pupils learn?
– Build a 3D world in Kodu with hills and water.
– Program Kodu characters with keyboard inputs.
– Program conditions (collecting objects) and a scoring system.
– Add multiple players and game over conditions. 

What will pupils need?
The Kodu software on your computer (Windows only)  

2. Programming a football game in Kodu
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Pupil Activity Code: 
274A – What is it?

What will pupils learn?
To program a football-style game in Kodu using inputs, conditions and trails.

What will you need?
Access to Kodu software on a Windows computer.

3. Programming a river racer in Kodu
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Pupil Activity Code: 
683A – What is it?

What will pupils learn?
To program a race between two Kodu using keyboard inputs, conditions and river basin/lake design

What will pupils need?
Access to Kodu software on a Windows computer. 

✅ Assessment
Pupils can save their Kodu project and if Kodu has been installed on the network the pupils should be able to find their project on any computers, likewise for the teachers. The pupils can also create Kodu User Guides with screenshots (Print Screen), arrows and labels explaining how the programs work. Below is a pupil example. 


Below is a certificate of completion for pupils that can be edited in Microsoft Word and printed. This could be awarded if you feel pupils have demonstrated the skills taught in the activities above.