Lesson 2: What is the internet?

Children learn that the Internet consists of lots of networks connected together, via wires under the ground and sea, and create a presentation demonstrating what they have learnt

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To recognise the parts of the internet

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
  • Select, use and combine a variety of software (including Internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Use the Resource: Internet Information resource to refer to during the lesson.


Pupils working at greater depth: Develop their understanding of how this network of wires allows websites and videos to reach us through paired discussion. Should include a detailed explanation of the internet in their presentation.

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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