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Lesson Topic:  What is a computer?

Lesson Plan Type: Computer Science

Lesson Summary

In this lesson, children will be taught what a computer is and what they are used for.

Learning Objective

To know what a computer is.

Success Criteria

I know what a computer is.

Teacher input

‘What is a computer?’ Ask the children to talk to each other about what they think a computer is.

Display a selection of pictures of different computers: a calculator, a washing machine, a car, a workstation, a laptop, a tablet, a watch, a toaster, etc. Ask the children to discuss, ‘Which of these are computers and which of these are not computers?’ Then the class teacher tells the children that they are all computers or that they have computers as part of them e.g. some washing machines have a computer to tell them how long to wash clothes for.

Use http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/zc4x6sg to read through further information about what a computer is.

Main Activity

Provide children with images of items which are or have a computer within them and those that are not computers. Ask them to sort the images into a chart with columns for which are computers and which are not.

Children to use https://toybox-assets.files.bbci.co.uk/activities/legacy-bitesize-games/recycling/computers/index.html#sa-link_location=blocks&intlink_from_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bbc.com%2Fbitesize%2Farticles%2Fzc4x6sg&intlink_ts=1564040328268-sa to play the game collecting the items which are computers and which are not.


What do the computers in these devices do? Ask children to match the devices which have computers in them with the different functions they have e.g.

Traffic light : Changes temperature of the water.
Washing machine: Makes the alarm sound at certain times.
Alarm clock: Changes the colour between red, amber and green.



Images of different types of computers


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