Lesson 1: Networks

Children recap what a network is, learn about the different devices within it and that the Internet is a network of networks

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To understand a network

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Understand computer networks, including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the World Wide Web, and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Can create a matching sheet of words to pictures to begin with – then copy the spellings/words when creating their map.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should include the function of each device alongside their map.

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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