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Lessons by Elizabeth Sparrow

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Introducing a series of engaging and informative, ready-to-use science and technology lessons. I’ve been a tech professional for over thirty years and was President of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT between 2009 and 2011. In recent years I've taught school kids of all ages in over 200 London schools about water, sanitation, hygiene and the charity WaterAid. I’m now using this experience to bring science and technology subjects to life.

Introducing a series of engaging and informative, ready-to-use science and technology lessons. I’ve been a tech professional for over thirty years and was President of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT between 2009 and 2011. In recent years I've taught school kids of all ages in over 200 London schools about water, sanitation, hygiene and the charity WaterAid. I’m now using this experience to bring science and technology subjects to life.
Introducing Robots
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Introducing Robots

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Designed for KS2 learners this fully illustrated, ready-to-use lesson introduces pupils to robotics and covers the evolution of robots from ancient automatons to the latest Mars Rover. It also describes the various components that make up robots today and looks ahead to future developments. The lesson includes an engaging and informative PowerPoint consisting of over 35 slides. It starts with a quiz, has a worksheet to complete as the lesson progresses and ends with an activity. The PowerPoint includes links to fun videos on YouTube featuring a dinosaur robot and a fake automaton as well as short clips showing several modern robots. One slide illustrates the diversity of individuals working in robotics by featuring four people who work in this field. Lesson notes and answers to the quiz and worksheet are included. The lesson can be used to support KS2 studies in computing, art and design, and science. Duration: Approximately one and a half hours. The lesson consists of four sections: What is a robot? Robots from the past How do robots work? Robots today WaterAid WaterAid is working around the world to ensure that everyone, everywhere gets access to clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene. Fun and educational resources for schools and teachers as well as fundraising ideas are available on the WaterAid website. This technology lesson is made available free of charge. If you find it useful please make a donation to WaterAid at wateraid.org.
Exploring Satellites
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Exploring Satellites

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Designed for KS3 and KS4 learners this fully illustrated, ready-to-use lesson looks at satellite components and orbits and how we use satellites today. It also features the International Space Station. The lesson begins by looking at the development of the first satellites and the Space Race. The diversity of individuals working in the space sector is illustrated by featuring four people who work in this field. The lesson includes an engaging and informative PowerPoint consisting of over 35 slides. It starts with differentiated objectives, has a worksheet to complete as the lesson progresses and includes three activities which can be completed in class or given as homework. The PowerPoint includes several links to videos on YouTube to illustrate the lesson. Notes and answers to the worksheet and activities are included. Curriculum links detailed in the Lesson Notes: • Physics • Computing • Design and technology This lesson has four sections: • The first artificial satellites • How satellites work • Satellite orbits • How we use satellites today Duration: Approximately one hour. WaterAid WaterAid is working around the world to ensure that everyone, everywhere gets access to clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene. Fun and educational resources for schools and teachers as well as fundraising ideas are available on the WaterAid website at wateraid.org/uk/get-involved/all/schools-and-teachers. This technology lesson is made available free of charge. If you find it useful please make a donation to WaterAid at wateraid.org.
Computing Careers
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Computing Careers

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Designed for KS2 and KS3, this ready-to-use lesson introduces learners to people working in computing today. It will help address concerns raised by OECD research that shows children have already begun making assumptions about the different careers that are open to them by the time they are seven years old. This risks limiting their aspirations and wasting their talents. Included are an engaging and informative PowerPoint consisting of over 30 slides and a worksheet to complete as the lesson progresses. The key sections in the lesson give a brief overview and introduce a diverse range of individuals who work in each of these fields: Computer games makers Computer scientists Using tech to make the world a better place for everyone Software engineering Starting a new tech company Keeping us safe online Making tech hardware The lesson will also help schools implementing the Gatsby Benchmarks, especially: Learning from career and labour market information Linking curriculum learning to careers Duration: Approximately one hour. WaterAid WaterAid is working around the world to ensure that everyone, everywhere gets access to clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene. Fun and educational resources for schools and teachers as well as fundraising ideas are available on the WaterAid website here. This technology lesson is made available free of charge. If you find it useful please make a donation to WaterAid at wateraid.org.
Women in Technology
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Women in Technology

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Designed for KS3 and KS4 pupils, this ready-to-use lesson challenges pre-conceived ideas about the women who choose to work in tech and introduces pupils to a diverse range of women past and present who have chosen this career path. Pupils are encouraged to think through for themselves the contribution that women can bring to the tech industry and reasons why less than 20% of the people working in tech in the UK today are women. The lesson includes an engaging and informative PowerPoint consisting of over 30 slides. It starts with differentiated objectives and a quiz, has a worksheet to complete as the lesson progresses and ends with suggested follow up activities. The lesson also includes homework which pupils complete by reading further information about some of the women featured in the lesson. The information can be accessed via a web link or could be printed out for those pupils without internet access at home. Duration: Approximately one hour. WaterAid WaterAid is working around the world to ensure that everyone, everywhere gets access to clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene. Fun and educational resources for schools and teachers as well as fundraising ideas are available on the WaterAid website. This technology lesson is made available free of charge. If you find it useful please make a donation to WaterAid at wateraid.org.
Exploring Robots
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Exploring Robots

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Designed for KS3 learners this fully illustrated, ready-to-use lesson introduces pupils to robotics. It covers the components that make up robots today, the Laws of Robotics and gives many examples from ancient automatons to the latest Mars Rover. The lesson includes an engaging and informative PowerPoint consisting of over 35 slides. It starts with differentiated objectives and a quiz, has a worksheet to complete as the lesson progresses and ends with an activity. The PowerPoint includes links to fun videos on YouTube featuring a dinosaur robot and a fake automaton as well as short clips showing several modern robots. It describes concerns about the development of robotics and the Laws of Robotics written by Isaac Asimov. The diversity of individuals working in robotics is illustrated by featuring four people who work in this field. Lesson notes and answers to the quiz and worksheet are included. Curriculum links detailed in the Lesson Notes: Design and technology Computing This lesson has four sections: What is a robot? Robots from the past How do robots work? Robots today Duration: Approximately one and a half hours. WaterAid WaterAid is working around the world to ensure that everyone, everywhere gets access to clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene. Fun and educational resources for schools and teachers as well as fundraising ideas are available on the WaterAid website. This technology lesson is made available free of charge. If you find it useful please make a donation to WaterAid at wateraid.org
Earth and Space
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Earth and Space

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Designed for KS2 learners this fully illustrated, ready-to-use lesson provides an interesting and engaging introduction to Earth and space. It covers national curriculum for science topics including the solar system, geocentric and heliocentric theories and how to tell the time using the Sun. Also featured are some of the astronauts who have travelled into space, the International Space Station and the current Mars missions. The lesson includes an engaging and informative PowerPoint consisting of over 35 slides. It starts with objectives, has a worksheet to complete as the lesson progresses and includes three activities which can be completed in class or given as homework. The PowerPoint includes several links to videos on YouTube to illustrate the lesson. Notes and answers to the worksheet and activities are included. This lesson has five sections: • Earth, Sun and Moon • The solar system • Is the Earth or the Sun at the centre of the solar system? • Telling the time using the Sun • People who have travelled into space Duration: Approximately one hour. WaterAid WaterAid is working around the world to ensure that everyone, everywhere gets access to clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene. Fun and educational resources for schools and teachers as well as fundraising ideas are available on the WaterAid website here. This technology lesson is made available free of charge. If you find it useful please make a donation to WaterAid at wateraid.org.
The Internet Part 1
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The Internet Part 1

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This ready-to-use lesson about the Internet begins by looking at communications before 1969, then moves on to the invention of the Internet, its physical infrastructure, TCP/IP, packet switching, IP addresses, domain names and methods that we use to connect to the Internet. The lesson includes a fully illustrated PowerPoint consisting of 40 slides, differentiated objectives and links to three videos on YouTube. There is also a worksheet to complete as the lesson progresses and three activities. Lesson notes and answers to the worksheet and activities complete the lesson. This is the first of two engaging lessons about the Internet, designed primarily for Key Stage 3 pupils but also useful as a revision for Key Stage 4 classes. In line with the national curriculum, the purpose of these lessons is to help pupils become digitally literate and to be active participants in the digital world. Both lessons feature a diverse group of individuals who have played a part in the development of the Internet. Duration: Approximately one and a half hours. Can be combined with one or more of the three activities provided to make a longer session. WaterAid WaterAid is working around the world to ensure that everyone, everywhere gets access to clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene. Fun and educational resources for schools and teachers as well as fundraising ideas are available on the WaterAid website here. This technology lesson is made available free of charge. If you find it useful please make a donation to WaterAid at wateraid.org.
The Internet Part 2
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The Internet Part 2

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This ready-to-use lesson covers the World Wide Web, hypertext, web protocols and Internet security including malware, hacking and phishing together with steps to be taken to keep safe online. The lesson ends with a look at how the Internet is managed, censorship, fake news, cloud computing, the Internet of Things and the digital divide. The lesson includes a fully illustrated PowerPoint consisting of 39 slides, differentiated objectives and links to three videos on YouTube. There is also a worksheet to complete as the lesson progresses and four activities. Lesson notes and answers to the worksheet and activities complete the lesson. This is the first of two engaging lessons about the Internet, designed primarily for Key Stage 3 pupils but also useful as a revision for Key Stage 4 classes. In line with the national curriculum, the purpose of these lessons is to help pupils become digitally literate and to be active participants in the digital world. Both lessons feature a diverse group of individuals who have played a part in the development of the Internet. Duration: Approximately one and a half hours. Can be combined with one or more of the four activities provided to make a longer session. WaterAid WaterAid is working around the world to ensure that everyone, everywhere gets access to clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene. Fun and educational resources for schools and teachers as well as fundraising ideas are available on the WaterAid website here. This technology lesson is made available free of charge. If you find it useful please make a donation to WaterAid at wateraid.org.