Lesson 9: Computers that changed the world

After learning about the evolution of computers in the previous lesson, this lesson will involve children selecting one historical computer to research and present information about

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To research one of the computers that changed the world and present information about it to the class

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


Pupils needing extra support: Should be helped to understand the key features of a presentation: keep it simple, try to have between three to five bullet points per page, not to write everything on the slide, but to put detailed information into presenter’s notes instead.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should explore information in more depth, including persuasive writing techniques, to convince others that the machine in their presentation was the most important and valuable.

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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