Lesson 4: Planning my website

Developing their understanding of how different web pages within a site link, children plan their own website

Before the lesson

Have ready

  • Presentation: Planning my website
  • Resource: Making a website help sheet from Lesson 1
  • Pupils’ Activity: Google sites checklist
  • Choose a topic from another area of the curriculum to create websites about (see ‘Attention Grabber’)
  • Link: ‘Google Sites’


NB. If your school uses Microsoft Office 365 for schools, kidsemail.org or you have the children registered to a secure email service, then please adapt the lessons to suit what you have in place.

For schools using Microsoft Office 365 for schools, an alternative to Google Sites is called Microsoft SharePoint and the similarities and differences between Microsoft SharePoint and Google Sites can be found here.


  • Activity: Planning my website (see Classroom resources) – one per pupil
  • Activity: Web page design sheet (see Classroom resources) – one per pupil
  • Resource: Making a website help sheet (see Classroom resources) – additional copies if needed

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Activity: Planning my website
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Activity: Web page design sheet
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Resource: Making a website help sheet
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Learning objective

  • To plan and create a website

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 a website in detail, considering the Google Sites features that I will include
  • I can start to build a website based on my designs
  • I can consider information that other people would find useful and interesting

Cross-curricular links

Pupils can create a website to display learning from any curriculum topic.

English: Writing – Composition

Plan their writing by:

  • discussing writing similar to that which they are planning to write in order to understand and learn from its structure, vocabulary and grammar
  • discussing and recording ideas

Draft and write by:

  • in non-narrative material, using simple organisational devices [for example, headings and sub-headings]


Attention grabber

Display slide 2 of Presentation: Planning my website  to discuss the Learning objective and Success criteria

Presentation: Planning my website

Show on your interactive whiteboard

Slide 3: ask the questions:

  • What is the difference between a website and a webpage?
  • What is a link to another website or page called?

Slide 4: explain to the class they’re each going to be designing and creating a website based on a topic they already know a lot about (i.e. rainforests, space, Ancient Egypt, etc).

By choosing an area that they are already learning about, they can focus on the structure of the website without needing to worry too much about content. They could have their topic books or relevant project work to hand to refer to.

Pupils will start by designing their website on paper, as this enables them to do the thinking beforehand and make greater progress once they start to create their site.

Slide 5: Pupils should now be familiar with the features of Google Sites, so they should have a good idea of what they can achieve. Give them time to imagine what they want their site to look like and what the different pages will have on them.


Key questions

  • What is the difference between a web page and a website? (A website is a collection of hyperlinked web pages.)
  • What is a link to another website or page called? (a hyperlink)
  • What information do you think it is important to share on your website?
  • What information will be on your homepage?
  • What subpages do you want to include?
  • What style will you choose?

Main event

Slide 6 and 7: explain that they should be aiming to create a website with a home page and three additional web pages that are related to the same topic.

Model how to plan using the Planning my website and Web page design resources on the board, showing how to draw web pages, adding annotations and rough placeholder boxes for text and images that they want to add.

Slide 8: once they have designed their website, they can begin building it.

Remind them to refer to their design sheets as well as the Google sites checklist (from Lesson 1) to make sure their website is as good as it can be.


Pupils needing extra support: Should be given headings for their web pages and should start by adding text and images to each one.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should use as many relevant features from the Google sites checklist as possible in their website.

Wrapping up

Slide 9: ask pupils to share their ideas so far:

  • What will the focus be for each page?
  • What features have they planned to use on their site?

If time allows, ask pupils to set up their four web pages in preparation for the next lesson (a home page and three extra web pages)

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding

Pupils with secure understanding indicated by: Creating a clear plan by referring back to their checklist to include a range of features.


Pupils working at greater depth indicated by: Creating a clear plan as well as making progress on creating a site with a clear style throughout.


  • Plan

  • Website

  • Create

  • Features

  • Design

  • Information

  • Web page

  • Website

  • Hyperlink

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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