Google: Creating media: History of computers

In the second part of our Bletchley Park topic, children write, record and edit radio plays set during WWII, look back in time at how computers have evolved from being larger than a room to fitting into the palm of your hand, and design a computer of the future

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Lesson 1: Playing with sound

In this lesson, children learn the key features of a radio play before then creating and editing a radio play set at Bletchley Park during the war

Lesson 2: Radio plays

In this lesson, the children will create their own radio play version of ‘The Imitation Game’ by making up a short story about Bletchley Park, focusing on telling a story using just spoken words, music and sound effects

Lesson 3: First computers

In this lesson, children will explore all the computers that have ever been - from the very first to the most contemporary. They will learn about how computers have changed since their earliest design and the many forms that computers take on today, which includes consoles and mobile phones

Lesson 4: Computers that changed the world

In this lesson, children will research one of the computers that changed the world and present information about it to the class.

Lesson 5: Future computer

In this lesson, children will learn to design a computer of the future

Assess your pupils

Assessment quiz and Knowledge catcher. These can be used at the start of the unit to access where pupils are in their learning as well as the end of the unit to assess progress. Go to assessment resources