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Understanding computers

Discover how computers work

 
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Inside the Unit...

Areas Covered

  • Lesson 1 Elements of a computer system
  • Lesson 2 The CPU
  • Lesson 3 Understanding binary
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  • Lesson 4 Binary addition
  • Lesson 5 Storage devices
  • Lesson 6 Convergence and new technologies

There are 11 worksheets to accompany this unit.

Summary - New: 3rd Edition

This is a theoretical unit covering the basic principles of computer architecture and use of binary. Pupils will revise some of the theory on input and output covered in previous learning and continue to look at the Input-Process-Output sequence and the Fetch-Decode-Execute cycle through practical activities. Pupils will then look at some simple binary to decimal conversion and vice versa, and learn how text characters are represented using the ASCII code. This will be followed by some simple binary addition. Pupils will look more in depth at how storage devices store or represent data using binary patterns. A final lesson covers the history and development of communication and technology, and some of its applications.

What's included in the toolkit?

Toolkit

The currently available units have been written to satisfy the new National Curriculum for Computing, they are designed for teaching at KS3 but individual lessons in some units may also be appropriate for teaching Key Stages 2 or 4, particularly where Year 10 students may not previously have been exposed to certain topics.

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  • Statement of which of the Government Guidelines are covered in the unit
  • Worksheets and homework activities
  • End-of-unit Assessment material including Moodle XML question file
  • Other material and links to online resources

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[The KS3 units are]..."very useful especially as most of my colleagues are new to computing. Its great having a starting point and guidance on assessment. Theory at KS3 is a new concept for most but it is actually going down well and adding purpose to the lessons."

Mr J Pritchett. Head of Computing, Brookfield Community School

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Sarah Ingrams. Head of Business and ICT, NMBEC

Inside the Unit...

  • Areas Covered

    • Lesson 1 Elements of a computer system
    • Lesson 2 The CPU
    • Lesson 3 Understanding binary
      Download free sample below
    • Lesson 4 Binary addition
    • Lesson 5 Storage devices
    • Lesson 6 Convergence and new technologies

    There are 11 worksheets to accompany this unit.

    Download Free Sample 6.7mb

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