Year 3 Autumn 1

Year 3 Autumn 1 – Connecting computers

During this unit, learners develop their understanding of digital devices, with an initial focus on inputs, processes, and outputs. They also compare digital and non-digital devices. Following this, learners are introduced to computer networks, including devices that make up a network’s infrastructure, such as wireless access points and switches. The unit concludes with learners discovering the benefits of connecting devices in a network.


Online Safety - Cyberbullying

In this unit children will learn how to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable and unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact in the context of recognising cyberbullying. They will know what cyberbullying is and how to address it.

 Useful Vocabulary
Digital device - A digital device is an electronic device that can receive, store, process or send digital information.
Input - Information given TO a computer system through an INPUT DEVICE like a mouse, keyboard, camera, microphone etc
Output - Information produced BY a computer system for its user and given on an OUTPUT DEVICE like a screen, speaker, printer.
Process - A series of actions used to produce something or reach a goal
Program - A computer program is a list of instructions that tell a computer what to do. Everything a computer does is done by using a computer program
Connection -Something that joins or connects two or more things.  This may not be a physical connection (eg a wireless connection between computers)
Network - A group of two or more computers that are linked together.
Network switch -  A device used to build a network connection between the attached computers (allows computers to talk to each other).
Server - A computer connected to the internet or a local network providing services automatically to other computers.
Wireless Access Point - A device that allows people to connect Wi-Fi devices such as laptop computers on to a wired network.
Lesson Links
Online Safety - What is Cyberbullying?
Lesson1 - How does a digital device work?
Lesson 2 - What parts make up a digital device?
Input and output devices - VideoInput and output devices - Video
Lesson 3 - How do digital devices help us?
Lesson 4 - How am I connected?
Lesson 5 - How are computers connected?
Lesson 6 - What does our school network look like?