Lesson 1: Beliefs, opinions and facts on the internet

Learning about 'fake news' and not believing everything that we come across on the internet and identifying the difference between fact, opinion and belief

Learning objective

  • To understand how the internet can be used to share beliefs, opinions and facts

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content.
  • Select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information.
  • Use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Can focus on a simple opinion, fact and belief with an adult and write simple sentences based on the example for each.


Pupils working at greater depth: Can develop their own ideas to incorporate into their own quiz e.g. Lionel Messi is the greatest footballer of all time.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progression and understanding


Created by:
Donna Rawling,  
Computing specialist
Donna has worked in Primary Education for over 16 years, specialising in Computing for the last eight. A CAS Master Teacher and Community Host, Code Club,  NCCE and Barefoot Computing facilitator, Donna is passionate about pupils’ access to Computing and…
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