Lesson 1: Computer parts

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

Learning objective

  • To recognise the parts of a computer

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

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

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Attention grabber

Main event


For pupils needing extra support: Regularly reiterate new vocabulary and get them to repeat it back. They can use post-it notes to support their spelling.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should annotate their drawings, describing what the mouse, keyboard and screen do and explain that an iPad doesn’t need a mouse because it has a touch screen and keyboard built into the screen.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Sway Grantham,  
Computing specialist
Sway Grantham (@SwayGrantham) is a Primary School Teacher, a CAS Master Teacher and Specialist Leader in Education for Primary ICT. She also has a BCS Certificate in Computer Science Teaching (Primary). She has written several curricula and conducted research into the…
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