Lesson 1: Planning a photo story

Taking inspiration from picture books, children design their own stories which they then create using photos and sequencing skills within their stories, helping lay the foundations of computational thinking

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To understand and create a sequence of pictures

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs
  • Use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content


Success criteria


Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Tell children their story is going to be an animal chasing the character and they should plan the pictures to tell the story. Word banks could support children to write what is happening in each picture.


Pupils working at greater depth: You may wish to offer Activity: 5 box planning sheets, so they can plan a more complex story. Children could discuss where they would place the characters in the photo for dramatic effect, e.g. a dinosaur just in the background at first.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Sway Grantham,  
Computing specialist
Sway Grantham (@SwayGrantham) is a Primary School Teacher, a CAS Master Teacher and Specialist Leader in Education for Primary ICT. She also has a BCS Certificate in Computer Science Teaching (Primary). She has written several curricula and conducted research into the…
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