Lesson 1: Searching basics

Children recap search engines and are challenged to find specific websites or information as fast as they can to test their searching skills!

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To understand what a search engine is and how to use it

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) to create content that accomplishes given goals, including collecting data and information

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May need help opening different search engines in different tabs.

During the factual searching activity, challenge children to find a useful website, e.g. DK Find Out Tudors, and then look for the information on that page.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should focus on finding the answers with the least number of ‘clicks’ and the least amount of typing – searching efficiency.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Sway Grantham,  
Computing specialist
Sway Grantham (@SwayGrantham) is a Primary School Teacher, a CAS Master Teacher and Specialist Leader in Education for Primary ICT. She also has a BCS Certificate in Computer Science Teaching (Primary). She has written several curricula and conducted research into the…
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