Lesson 2: Book review web page

Children create a web page for a class website, planning the content of their page and using various features within Google Sites

Before the lesson


  • Teacher video: Book review

Teacher video: Book review

Have ready

  • Presentation: Book review
  • Copies of Resource: Making a website help sheet from Lesson 1 – one per pair
  • Pupils’ Activity: Google Sites checklist completed in Lesson 1
  • Prepare a simple website for your class within Google Sites – just a home page
  • Share your site with the class (see Teacher video: Book review)
  • Link: ‘Google Sites’


  • Activity: Book review plan (see Classroom resources) – one per pupil
  • Resource: Making a website help sheet (see Classroom resources) – if additional copies needed

Download classroom resources

Activity: Book review plan
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Resource: Making a website help sheet
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Learning objective

  • To plan content for a web page as a collaborative online piece of work

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Understand computer networks, including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the world wide web and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration
  • Use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact

Success criteria

  • I can plan the content for my web page
  • I understand the features of Google Sites
  • I can use the features of Google Sites to build a web page

Cross-curricular links

English: Reading – Comprehension

  • participate in discussion about both books that are read to them and those they can read for themselves, taking turns and listening to what others say

Attention grabber

Display slide 2 of Presentation: Book review to discuss the Learning objective and Success criteria

Presentation: Book review

Show on your interactive whiteboard

Slide 3, 4 and 5: show pupils the website home page that you have made and explain that they are going to all contribute a web page to it. They will either have a link to this already when they log in into their Google account or you will develop it together now and then share it with them (see Teacher video: Book review for more guidance).

As a class, make some design decisions about how the website will look – styles, images, etc and discuss the relevance of sticking to a design when creating content for a website. This also gives another opportunity to model the necessary skills, which will support lower ability pupils.

Slide 6: explain that they will be making a collaborative website about books that we’ve read. Tell pupils that in the world of work, people often work collaboratively on projects in a similar way, and often aren’t geographically close together.


Key questions

  • What is a website?
  • What is a web page?
  • Who can show me how to add an image/change the header image/change the name of the website?

Main event

Explain that before they create their web page, they need to plan their book review. Pupils will work at a varied pace in this lesson with some making progress on to their web page and others still planning their content. This is fine as all of them will get the opportunity to focus on creating the web page in the next lesson.

Slide 7: hand out copies of the Activity: Book review plan for pupils to make notes on. As well as notes, they can also sketch images that they might want to find and include. Remind them of the features they explored in Lesson 1 and encourage them to showcase as many of these skills as possible.

Once pupils have planned their review, ask them to access the collaborative site via their Gmail accounts and to start creating their page. They can refer back to their checklists from the previous lesson to ensure that they are making use of all the features.


Key questions

  • Why does our website content have to be detailed? (If the content isn’t of a good quality, people won’t return to read future content. Without good content, the website lacks value.)


Pupils needing extra support: Provide prompts about the book they will write a review on. Perhaps choose a book for them that they have studied in class.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should progress to making their web page.

Wrapping up

Slide 8 and 9: model how to edit the site. Ask pupils if any of them can explain how to add a page. By selecting the ‘Pages’ tab on the top right and then clicking the + sign at the bottom of the pane.

Slide 10: ask pupils to model adding images by clicking on ‘Insert’ and then ‘Images’, before clicking on the ‘Search’ tab (the Google search bar is there).

It will only show images that are available for commercial reuse with modification. Explain that using any images without those permissions is like stealing because the owner of the image hasn’t given permission for us to use their image. Similarly, what we write online needs to be done responsibly, ensuring it is truthful and accurate.

Visit a reputable news site and show how the text is written in standard English in full sentences.

Reinforce that their book reviews should be written in this style, so that an audience knows that it can trust our website.

If any time can be found to complete unfinished book reviews before the next lesson, this would allow pupils to make greater progress on their site.


Key questions

  • Does anyone know how to ‘add a page’?
  • Why do we have to use images that are marked for ‘commercial reuse and modification’? (You can’t just take images from a website if they don’t have the right permissions. The owner of the image has given permission for it to be used.)

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding

Pupils with secure understanding indicated by: Creating a clear plan for their web page and beginning to create it.


Pupils working at greater depth indicated by: Starting to create their web page, already showing many of the features identified on the checklist and sticking to the chosen styles selected by the class.


  • Review

  • Website

  • Web page

  • Content

  • Collaboration

  • Online

  • Features

  • Contribution

  • Design

  • Style

  • Images

  • Hyperlinks

  • Tab

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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