Lesson 8: First computers

Children will learn about the ways that computers have changed and the impact this has had on the modern world

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To understand how computers have changed and the impact this has had on the modern world

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
  • 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


For pupils needing extra support: Suggest a Google Doc and select only a handful of the computers from the list written in date order with one fact about each.


Pupils working at greater depth: Encourage them to express their findings using whatever medium they prefer. Make sure they include a picture and some information about why each computer type was built.

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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