Lesson 2: Getting started with word processing

Following on from the introduction to touch typing, children are learn about word processing and storing information in a text document as well as keyboard shortcuts

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To understand how to use a word processor

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

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Make sure children choose a simple book to type and expect them to only type the first sentence or two rather than the whole page.

Pupils working at greater depth: Look for a book with ‘special’ characters on the first page or more advanced keyboard features such as speech or question marks.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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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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