What is a Computer?

When children picture a computer, they often think of a screen, mouse and keyboard. This topic explores exactly what a computer is, with pupils identifying and learning how inputs and outputs work, how computers are used in the wider world and designing their own computerised invention

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Lesson 1: Computer Parts

Children learn to name the different parts of a computer before creating an online drawing of a laptop, labelling the mouse, keyboard and screen and discussing the purpose of each

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Lesson 2: Inputs: Free lesson

Learning how technology is controlled, children label a robot which has been programmed for a specific purpose, focusing on which forms of input it requires

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Lesson 3: Technology Safari

To develop their understanding of what a computer is, children conduct a tour of the school, photographing the different examples of technology they spot

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Lesson 4: Invention

Children design their own inventions, which must include inputs and outputs, explaining how their idea works and how it's controlled

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Lesson 5: Real World Role-play

Children explore the different types of computers that are used in the real world and the roles that they play

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