Microsoft version: Networks and the internet

Introduction to the concept of networks, learning how devices communicate. From identifying components, learn how information is shared and deepen this understanding by exploring examples of real-world networks. Also, explore the internet and learn how data is transferred worldwide and how we can interact with different websites. This unit is compatible with Microsoft devices.

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Lesson 1: What’s a network?

Pupils learn the meaning of 'network', 'device' and 'wireless', which are essential to their understanding of computer networks

Learning Objective

To understand what a network is and understand our school network

Lesson 2: A file's journey

Children develop their understanding of how a file is shared between two devices on a network

Learning Objective

To understand how information moves around a network and begin to recognise real world networks

Lesson 3: A website’s journey

Learning about what the internet is through role play, pupils then draw a map of how we are able to share information and images from a website

Learning Objective

To understand how the Internet works and explain a website’s journey

Lesson 4: Routers

Pupils learn about how many different routers are involved when viewing a website

Learning Objective

To explore the role of routers

Lesson 5: Understanding packets

In a practical activity, pupils learn how packet data is transferred and how it can become corrupted or lost

Learning Objective

To understand the role of packets

Assess your pupils

Assessment quiz and Knowledge catcher. These can be used at the start of the unit to access where pupils are in their learning as well as the end of the unit to assess progress. Go to assessment resources