Lesson 1: Logging in

Learning about computers and their role in the modern world. Pupils log in to school computers and tinker with the website Sketchpad

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To log into a computer and access a website

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content
  • Recognise common uses of information technology beyond school
  • Use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support:  Encourage them to stick to brushes rather than moving on to shapes. Give time for the children to get comfortable with using the ‘left’ click and to navigate the mouse pointer carefully to the icons they are looking for. They might need help recognising the letters of their name, since the keyboard shows them as capital letters,  whereas they may only be familiar with lowercase. Support pupils with fine motor control issues in using the mouse carefully.

Pupils working at greater depth: Encourage pupils to explore more complex tools such as ‘Clipart’ or some of the sliding scales under the ‘Shapes’ toolkit

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Cat Lamin,  
Computing specialist
Cat was a committed primary school teacher for twelve years. After starting her independent consultancy ‘Crossover Solutions’ she has travelled to Argentina, Brazil and America to share her wealth of knowledge of computer science with other teachers. Her enjoyment for…
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