Lesson 5: Inventions

Children use their understanding of how data is collected to design a computerised invention to gather and record data

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To design an invention to gather data

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content
  • Recognise common uses of information technology beyond school

CAS Framework links


Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May need to talk through their ideas more at the beginning to help clarify what they need their computerised invention to do. They could always describe and explain its function or write one word labels.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should add detailed labels to their design, experimenting with different colours, sizes and fonts.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Cat Lamin,  
Computing specialist
Cat was a committed primary school teacher for twelve years. After starting her independent consultancy ‘Crossover Solutions’ she has travelled to Argentina, Brazil and America to share her wealth of knowledge of computer science with other teachers. Her enjoyment for…
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