Year 7 – Lesson 1 – Computer networks and protocols

Curriculum KS3 Unit Lesson

This lesson will get the learners thinking about the history of different communication methods. Learners will learn what a computer network is, along with the meaning of the word ‘protocol’. Learners will gain an appreciation of the growth of networked devices. Learners will identify different greeting protocols and use a series of protocol commands in a ‘climber/belayer’ scenario to ensure that the climber ascends safely. Finally, learners will make a connection between non-networking and networking protocols.

Learning objectives

  • Define what a computer network is and explain how data is transmitted between computers across networks
  • Define ‘protocol’ and provide examples of non-networking protocols

Package contents

  • Lesson plans
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  • Learner resources
  • Homework