Lesson 10: Future computer

Following on from Lessons 8 and 9 which focused on computers past and present, the class are required to design a computer for the future, taking into account all that they have learnt about computers so far

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To design a computer of the future

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: Should use the Image: Computer parts to help base their ideas on and to consider the components of their computer design.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should justify why their computer will have certain features and reference their research of modern computers and possibly the evolution of computing over time.

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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