Journey Inside a Computer

By knowing how computers work, children can better understand how to instruct them to achieve a desired result. Assuming the role of computer parts and creating paper versions of computers helps pupils to consolidate their understanding of how a computer works, as well as identifying similarities and differences between various models

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Lesson 1: Inputs and Outputs

Learning about the different forms of inputs and outputs and their functions, pupils develop their understanding that computers follows instructions

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Lesson 2: Building a Paper Laptop

To consolidate their understanding of the different components of a computer, children build a paper version of a laptop, describing the purpose of the various parts

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Lesson 3: Following Instructions

Mimicking the CPU and GPU, in groups, children create a giant piece of artwork by closely following an algorithm

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Lesson 4: Computer Memory

Pupils take part in a number of different games to develop their understanding of the purpose of the various parts of a computer, including the ROM, RAM and Hard Drives

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Lesson 5: Dismantling a Tablet

Building upon their understanding of computer parts from Lesson 2, children compare the similarities and differences between different types of computers before drawing a diagram of a tablet with all of its components

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