Lesson 1: What is stop motion?

Pupils explore what is meant by Stop Motion and create their own simple animations with a ball of plasticine!

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To understand what stop motion animation is

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: Help them to make small, simple movements. Encourage them to make mistakes and discuss what they could do to improve.


Pupils working at greater depth: Ask to break their blob into two pieces and try to animate two blobs at a time. Remind them that they will need to move both blobs between every shot and to keep the movements small.

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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