Lesson 4: Computing heroes

Children learn about important historical figures in the field of computing, including Alan Turing, Margaret Hamilton and Steve Jobs

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To understand about some of the historical figures that contributed to technological advances in computing

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content
  • 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: Provide fact file printouts of some figures to help support online research


Pupils working at greater depth: Should be encouraged to embed videos into their presentations to show off their skills. They could also consider splitting ‘paired’ figures like Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak and encourage children to think about how to persuade the audience that one was more important than the other.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Cat Lamin,  
Computing specialist
Cat was a committed primary school teacher for twelve years. After starting her independent consultancy ‘Crossover Solutions’ she has travelled to Argentina, Brazil and America to share her wealth of knowledge of computer science with other teachers. Her enjoyment for…
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