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

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To decompose a laptop

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts
  • Use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Should focus on the definitions of the CPU and hard drive as these are most straightforward.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should concentrate on the interactions between the parts through questioning and discussion.

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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