Key Stages 1 & 2

"Young children were born into a digital world and they love exploring the technology that led to all that we have today."

Dr Anjali Das,  Head of Learning at The Centre for Computing History


This section will provide you with information about:

  • The Centre's support for learning
  • Contributions to National Curriculum at Key Stages 1 & 2

Learning at the Centre

Whatever the age of our visiting students, there are characteristics of the Centre that benefit all young people.

Context - An opportunity to see the history and development of Computing in the context of specific computers, applications and the real world problems they were utilised to help solve.

Challenging - A unique environment that raises tough questions and issues, presenting difficult concepts through demanding applications.

Content - A museum with a first class collection as evidence of one of the greatest developments of a technology that has ever been known.

Knowledge - Truly remarkable examples of the growth of a technology, amazing developments building on the achievements of what came before.

Sensory -  A place to touch the past, hear its sounds and feel history coming alive again.


Supporting the National Curriculum

A young person's experience of the Centre supports the whole curriculum,  personal development and learning skills.   However we have focused our attention on the contribution made to:



Our workshops directly support the development of programming, solving problems through coding a digital device.

The collection broadens a student's appreciation of how computers can be applied beyond the use in the classroom.

The Centre's displays show the early beginnings of connected machines and the information age to come.



The Centre's computing collection has many examples of fundamental science applied to develop technology using electricity, magnetism, light and more.



Computers are the tool of the mathematician and they demand a good understanding of large numbers.  

Our workshops offer a programming experience that is algebra expressed as computer coding.


Design Technology

The collection is evidence of the development of 'products' to meet specific needs.  It invites the student to evaluate the success or otherwise of past design technologists.  

Our coding workshops develop the student's technical knowledge in connecting the computer to real devices.



Computing heritage is the story of change and it includes developments, events and people who have had a significant impact on our lives, our culture and our future.


To see the specific references to the National Curriculum subjects, click and download the PDF summary on the right.


The Centre for Computing History is proud to support schools and colleges delivering a curriculum which is working to achieve a world-leading education for all young people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics


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