Lesson 1: Introduction to HTML

Children learn that html is a markup language which defines how a website is displayed, they go on a HTML treasure hunt; investigating the code used to create different elements of the page

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To understand that web pages are built using different programming languages, and one of them is HTML
  • To understand and identify examples of HTML tags

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems
  • Solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Demonstrate what the different tags do and get them to explore changing wording between the <h1> and </h> tags, e.g. change <h1>Hi there!</h1> to <h1>Hi there friend!</h1> and get them to see the change by using the ‘Show’ tab.


Pupils working at greater depth: Challenge children to find tags not mentioned during class discussion and find out how they are used. Refer them to the ‘HTML Cheat Sheet’: here for more html examples to explore.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Siobhan Morgan,  
Computing specialist
Head of Computing at Exeter Junior School, Siobhan Morgan has nine years of computing teaching experience as well as experience from her role of ‘Subject Genius for Computing’ on TES. Siobhán enjoys spending time with her family and searching for the Gruffalo…
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