Computing Systems and Networks - Connecting Computers

In this unit of work, Year 3 pupils will develop their understanding of digital devices, with an initial focus on inputs, processes and outputs. Pupils will also be given opportunities to compare digital and non-digital devices, learn about computer networks including devices that make a network’s infrastructure, such as wireless access points and switches. The unit concludes with pupils discovering the benefits of connecting devices in a network. This unit provided by the National Centre for Computing Education covers key areas of the Lower Key Stage 2 computing curriculum;

  • Use sequences, selection and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output,
  • 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.
  • Select, use and combine a variety of software on a range of digital devices and create a range of programs,
  •  Use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly.

 

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Lesson 1 - How Does a Digital Device Work?

This resource introduces Year 3 pupils to the fundamental concepts of all digital devices, input, process and output. Through the two activities in this session pupils will be supported to explain that digital devices accept inputs, produce outputs and will follow a process. This resource includes slides,...

Lesson 2 - What Parts Make Up A Digital Device?

Throughout this session Year 3 pupils will develop knowledge of inputs, processes and outputs and apply it to devices and parts of devices that they will be familiar with in their everyday environment. Pupils are given the opportunity to describe simple processes, classify input and output devices such as keyboards...

Lesson 3 - How Do Digital Devices Help Us?

This resources supports Year 3 pupils to use programs in conjunction with inputs and outputs on a digital device. Through the activities pupils are given the opportunity to create two pieces of work, one using digital devices and the other using non-digital devices, before comparing and contrasting the two...

Lesson 4 - How Am I Connected?

Building on previous sessions, this lesson introduces the concept of connections and moving information between connected devices using means such as WiFi and phone networks. Pupils will learn to explain how and why computers are joined together to form networks and how they can utilise this. This resource includes...

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