Lesson 1: Animation explored

Children discover the original forms of animation, including the flip book, zoetrope and thaumatrope, before having a go at making one of these toys themselves

Before the lesson

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Learning objectives

  • To understand what animation is

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Should focus on developing the Activity: Thaumatrope template animation.


Pupils working at greater depth: Can add two objects/characters to their design of a zoetrope or flip book.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progression and understanding


Created by:
Sarah Vaughan,  
Computing specialist
Sarah has 13 years of experience teaching in a primary school and leading computing.   She now works as a Subject Matter Expert for the NCCE across the East Midlands. In this role, she supports primary schools with bespoke training…
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