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Lesson 3 - Orchestra Conductor

The previous lesson introduced the main hardware components required to execute programs. This lesson will build on that knowledge and relate it to the computing systems that learners see and use every day. 

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Lesson 2 - Under The Hood

For most humans, reading instructions (and sometimes memorising them), following them one at a time, and keeping track of where they are and what the current state is comes very naturally. We rarely reflect about the details of that process, so it is not surprising that we...

Lesson 1 - Get In Gear

In this first lesson about computing systems, you will focus on what sets these devices apart from other purpose-built machinery: it is their ability to execute programs that allows them to modify their operation and perform different tasks, and thus become our most versatile...

Computing Systems - Overview

This resource provides a unit overview for the Year 8 ‘Computing systems' unit of work. It gives a clear overview of objectives to be covered within each session and a learning graph to show the range of skills being developed through this computing unit. 

Lesson 6 - The Spread of the Web

The growth of the use of technology and the increased inter-connection of it using the internet has given rise to both benefits and dangers in equal measure. As with many things that have the potential to cause problems, it is the people using this technology that determine how much of a danger it can...

Lesson 5 - Tightening The Web

Search engines index a huge number of web pages against an equally large number of possible search terms. Finding useful information therefore is quite tricky. If we understand how to control what we search for more carefully, we have a higher chance of finding what we want and...

Lesson 5 - Tightening The Web

Search engines index a huge number of web pages against an equally large number of possible search terms. Finding useful information therefore is quite tricky. If we understand how to control what we search for more carefully, we have a higher chance of finding what we want and...

Lesson 4 - Searching The Web

Like artists, web developers create works of art that they want people to see. There is so much content on the World Wide Web, that making sure your web page stands out can be difficult. Consider how people get to web pages. The start of the journey is usually a search engine...

Lesson 3 - Taking Shortcuts

Computer scientists shouldn’t work too hard! The benefit of using a computer is that it is a device that allows the easy editing of content. It is not like writing an essay on a sheet of A4 where any small mistake or change requires the work to be reproduced again. Computer...

Lesson 2 - Words Are Not Enough

It is said that a picture paints a thousand words. Web pages that only use text are not going to be read for long on a screen. The use of images on web pages is important as it can bring them to life and help improve the reader’s experience.

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