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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 This lesson will continue with students investigating hardware, but now looking at the purpose and therefore applying their understanding

This lesson will look at the main hardware components through students documenting their purpose

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, 39

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 classify hardware on the basis of purpose

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 understand the purpose of components well enough to specify them in a pre-determined purpose, i.e for a customer

What do the different hardware components actually do?  Why are there different kinds of CPU, memory and hard disks?  What is a peripheral? Where would you use powerful CPUs?  Why do servers need large and fast hard drives?  Why do artists use large monitors?
Learning Objectives
  • To understand the purpose of the main hardware components
  • To describe and explain the purpose of the main parts of a computing device
  • To understand how different hardware elements in a computing device operate for a particular use and purpose

You can continue showing and discussing different components, but students need to begin showing that they understand them well enough to fit them together in a system in the right place and for the right purpose

There are lots of on-line videos to supplement this.

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
  • Introduction to a project to document computer components for a specific use
  • Students can break into groups or on their own to research and document
  • Teacher led demonstration of components and functions to reinforce understanding of purpose of each item
  • Summarize the key elements and their purpose


Graphics workstation image The main focus of this particular assessment criterion is the student's ability to apply their knowledge and understanding.  The have looked at the components and researched how they work.  Can they know apply this knowledge?  Can they show that they understand the parts well enough to put them in the correct context?

Students could be asked to create a proposal, with descriptions and reasons, for a "client".  It might b useful for them to approach one of the other departments and therefore specify a computing device for that department.  They might need a computer for art and design, which is powerful and with a high resolution monitor.  They might specify a portable device for geography which can go out into the field.

Lesson Structure Possible structure
  1. concentrate on examples of hardware parts and their functions
  2. discuss with student how to find what the parts in a computer actually do
  3. groups work on their own research and documentation
  4. plenary on the main parts
  5. begin to document findings
  6. highlight next week's focus and issue homework

Computer case image Students can use computer supplier sites here to gather the appropriate data and pictures.  There are plenty to choose from. 


Homework Students can work on their proposal and begin to gather the information and write-up their conclusions and recommendations 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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