Lesson 9: Designing a smart school

Using their knowledge of Big Data and the Internet of Things, children design a system for a smart school Free

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To design a system for turning a school into a smart school

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • 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
  • 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: May need access to the video about smart buildings to help them to come up with ideas. They may also benefit from working with a more confident partner so that they can share their ideas on how to improve the school.

Pupils working at greater depth: Should be encouraged to carry out their own research, e.g. collect data (non-private), scout the school for locations of sensors, research devices, methods of data transfer, or conduct interviews.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Richard Williams,  
Computing specialist
Richard is a Year 6 Teacher at St. Pancras Primary School. Richard’s passion for teaching was recognised when he received Suffolk’s ‘Raising The Bar’ award for Innovation 2016. With his class he made the world’s first guided VR:360 school tour…
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