Networks and the internet

Children are introduced to the concept of networks, learning how devices communicate. From identifying components, they learn how information is shared and deepen their understanding by exploring examples of real world networks. They explore the Internet and learn how data is transferred around the world and how we can interact with different websites.

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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

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Lesson 2: A file's journey

Children create an animation to show their understanding of how a file is shared between two devices on a network

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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

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Lesson 4: Routers

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

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Lesson 5: Understanding packets

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

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