• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

Whether you are currently teaching or training to teach the primary computing curriculum, you need to know what effective teaching of computing in primary schools actually looks like. Written for non specialists and trainees, this book uses exemplar primary computing lessons as a starting point for developing subject knowledge. It's a unique but tried and tested approach to developing your computing subject knowledge alongside your teaching practice. The current computing curriculum is explored in manageable chunks and there is no “scary” tech speak; everything is explained clearly and accessibly. You will find example lesson plans alongside every element of the curriculum that can be adapted to suit different year groups and different schools. This resourceful guide inspires an approach to teaching computing that is about creativity and encouraging problem solving using technology as a tool. NEW TO THIS EDITION: Updated throughout and includes information on new apps and other resources for teaching and a brand new chapter on teaching with tablets in the primary classroom. This book is part of the Lessons in Teaching series and includes additional online resources on its accompanying website.

Understanding computer networks in KS2
Understanding computer networks in KS2

apply underlying principles to understand real-world systems

Learning outcomes

This chapter looks at how to develop pupils’ understanding of computer networks and how they provide opportunities for communication and collaboration.

By the end of this chapter you should be able to:

  • develop a basic understanding of key computer network terms and practices;
  • develop an awareness of ways of developing pupils’ knowledge and understanding about computer networks and services;
  • develop enthusiasm for pupils to find out more about networks and digital communication infrastructure.
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