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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

The focus for this criterion is an understanding of some of the range of services offered by servers in a network.  Most students will use these services, such as file management and email, but perhaps without a better understanding of how they all function.

The focus here can be on e-mail services

Other servers you can explore are listed below.

Students should be allowed to see a network in operation and go to the school's server room if possible to see the hardware in situ for more meaning.

They can discuss with the network team some of the services on offer and some of the issues related to the services.

Lesson Links: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39

Key words network, server, client, web servers, FTP servers, database servers, E-mail servers, file servers, print servers. These words need to be reinforced throughout the series of lessons  

identify a range of servers and services provided by servers to networks

Evidence here will be student's own work, eportfolios and assessor observations  
Key Questions Some questions to get learners thinking about the topics Students will need to look at some different services that are offered in the school network What does e-mail stand for?  How do you get your e-mail?  What are the advantages and disadvantages of e-mail?
Learning Objectives
  • understand the services offered by servers in a network
  • be able to explain the main services
  • be able to discuss the difference between services

Students should show that they understand how a basic e-mail server works and some of its key attributes.

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
  • Overview of e-mail servers
  • Detailed look at e-mail servers and services
  • Students can break into groups and work on researching e-mail services
  • Class discussion and examples of their findings back to class
  • Group or individual work on their own understanding

Students can be shown and discuss in very broad terms about how e-mail servers work and how they control access to these servers with client software.  They should have a basic understanding of e-mail and e-mail clients as well as how they function.

Use some of the student's ideas and examples to flesh out a solid understanding before progressing

Question students about how and why they did what they did.  Check for understanding.


Lesson Structure Possible structure
  1. Introduction and basic overview of e-mail servers
  2. investigate in detail e-mail and e-mail clients
  3. look at and discuss e-mail organisation and management
  4. discuss what they have learned and what they can apply
  5. volunteers to share their work and explain how they came to their opinions
  6. highlight next week's focus and issue homework

E-mail server graphic Most students will have some kind of e-mail, whether it is a school provided one or their own personal one.  What facilities does the e-mail service offer?  Where and how can they access it and control it.  What do they use it for.  What are the advantages and disadvantages of e-mail over other systems?

Smartphone graphic

Most people who are 30 and over use e-mail, but most people below that age have grown up with other systems and tend to use text messaging or posts on social media sites.  Is e-mail still useful?  What are the protocols for using e-mail: formal or informal?

Homework Get students to write their thoughts about using e-mail and how useful it is to them. Students can vary their homework depending on their level of understanding Get students to document their experience on their portfolio system for assessment


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