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

Learning Objectives

  • Decomposing a laptop

  • Suggesting a laptop’s inputs and outputs

  • Recognising a laptop is made up of many parts

  • Using logic to explain the purpose of some parts

Lesson Plan

Decomposing a laptop
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Teacher Video: Building a paper laptop (Decomposing a laptop)

Presentation: Building a paper laptop


Inputs and outputs
Part definitions
Computer template sheet
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Sway Grantham,  
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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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