Lesson 3: Editing photos

In this lesson, the children can let their creativity run wild; exploring different effects, filters and editing tools to transform the look of their images

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To edit photos

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May need adult help with loading the images onto the app or computer since the lesson focus is editing, so they can still develop these skills. Model the process of editing an image and use continual repetition of key vocabulary such as uploading, importing, cropping, settings, etc.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should discuss why they would make changes to a photo and the impact this has and be able to apply a wider range of effects to their photo, experimenting with new editing tools. They then should create a guide to ‘How to edit an image’ in a document of their choosing.

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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