|Section Title||Primary information||Description and Notes||Suggested resources|
|Lesson Length||The expected lesson length will be approximately one hour||
Some variation possible.
Assessment Level 1
|Students||The lesson is suitable for KS3 and KS4 students||Since this is a new specification, the lesson is suitable for Year 7 to 9 students and differentiated by outcome|
|Overall Focus||This lesson is a continuation from the previous lesson to allow students to complete their investigation. Much of the suggestions here are similar to the previous lesson.||
This lesson will look at the main hardware components
It is suggested to carry this criterion over 3 lessons to make sure students have a chance to work on actual hardware, which can be time-consuming.
|Key words||CPU, RAM, USB, RJ45, SD, HDD, motherboard, graphics, keyboard, mouse, monitor, peripheral, network||These words need to be reinforced throughout the series of lessons|
|Assessment||identify the main hardware components in computing devices||
Evidence here will be student's own work and assessor observations.
|Key Questions||Some questions to get learners thinking about the topics||
Students need to be able to see and touch some of these components to be able to understand them close up
|What does the term "hardware" mean? Why is it different from "software"? What is the relationship between hardware and software? Are some hardware elements more important than others?|
Ideally, it would be good to give students as much exposure to actual devices as possible. There are usually old computers about in dark cupboards. Some of the components may have changed in look (i.e. RAM), but should be generally recognizable. Seeing the difference is useful as a talking point to show how they are evolving due to needs.
There are lots of on-line videos to supplement this.
They can use class time and homework to write up their specification document (preferably on the Learning Site)
|If you are using the Learning Machine learning system, students can add their comments and material to this site as evidence of their growing understanding. The site, if used consistently, will show progression via charts of activity and outcomes.|
|Teaching and Learning Elements||
The main focus of this particular assessment criterion is the student's awareness of the main parts that make a computer work.
Any items that have not been introduced can be covered in this sessions.
|Lesson Structure||Possible structure||
The computing site is a good starting point and overview, though hands-on activities would be more beneficial. There is a useful as well. It shows images of the parts and explains something of what they do.
The simple wiki page is also a good overview of the key components.
|Homework||Students can continue their brief guide on the hardware components they are looking at with costs.||Students can vary their homework depending on their level of understanding||Get students to document their experience on their portfolio system for assessment|