Lesson 1: Pixels

Pupils learn that a pixel is the smallest element of a digital image and that binary is used to code and transfer this data, as well as creating their own pixel art

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding how bit patterns represent images as pixels

  • Recalling how computers transfer data in binary

  • Relating 8-bit binary to 256 possibilities

  • Knowing that a pixel is the smallest possible element of a digital image

  • Explaining how a series of pixels are used to encode an image.

Lesson Plan

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Teacher Video: Pixels

Presentation: Pixels


Pixels teacher information
Created by:
Richard Williams,  
Computing specialist
Richard is a Year 6 Teacher at St. Pancras Primary School. Richard’s passion for teaching was recognised when he received Suffolk’s ‘Raising The Bar’ award for Innovation 2016. With his class he made the world’s first guided VR:360 school tour…
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