Microsoft Office 365: History of computers

In the second part of The Kapow Primary Bletchley Park topic, children write, record and edit radio plays set during WWII, look back in time at how computers have evolved, and design a computer of the future. This unit is compatible with Microsoft software/devices.

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Lesson 1: Playing with sound

Discover and learn about the key features of a radio play before then creating and editing a radio play set at Bletchley Park during World War II

Learning Objective

To tinker with sound

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

Learning Objective

To record, edit and add sound effects to a radio play

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

Learning Objective

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

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.

Learning Objective

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

Lesson 5: Future computer

Designing a computer for the future, taking into account all that the pupils have learnt about computers so far in this unit.

Learning Objective

To design a computer of the future