Alan Turing facts: Free KS4 computer science lesson

by Just Like Us
September 2022

A photo of worksheets showing Alan Turing facts

A host of Alan Turing facts exploring the life of this Enigma Code breaker are among this free KS4 computing lesson released by Just Like Us, the LGBT+ young people’s charity.

The free, ready-to-go resources include a fun, codebreaking exercise for pupils, alongside worksheets exploring Turing’s inventions – such as his Bombe machines – and how these inspired other developments in the computing world.

The lesson also explores the historical context surrounding Turing’s life who, as a gay man, was persecuted using anti-LGBT+ legislation in Britain at the time.

How to download Alan Turing facts and this KS4 computer science lesson plan:

If you are a staff member at a UK primary school, secondary school or sixth form college, you can access Just Like Us’ free resources by following the below steps:

  1. Sign up for School Diversity Week. To do this, create an account and tick ‘School Diversity Week’.
  2. Afterwards, you’ll receive an email granting you access to the resources.
  3. Then, browse and download resources in our portal.

What is School Diversity Week?

Every June, Just Like Us runs School Diversity Week: a celebration of LGBT+ equality in primary and secondary schools across the UK.

As part of this, Just Like Us has created more than 50 free, LGBT+ inclusive resources for use in schools. These include lesson plans, worksheets, assembly ideas, story time discussions, and presentations. Plus, there is a Rainbow Friday non-uniform day.

Each year, thousands of UK primary and secondary schools take part in School Diversity Week, gaining free access to a host of LGBT+ inclusive lessons – from the life of Alan Turing to the poetry of Carol Ann Duffy.

Why celebrate School Diversity Week?

Independent research has found a link between positive messaging about being LGBT+ in schools to pupils having better mental health, regardless of whether they are LGBT+ or not.

So, sign up to join thousands of schools taking part in School Diversity Week and gain access our wide-ranging and free LGBT+ inclusive resources.