Lesson 2: Exploring stop motion

Taking inspiration from the Wallace and Gromit animations, pupils create their own stop motion animations

Before the lesson

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Learning objectives

  • To understand what stop motion animation is

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller part
  • use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and outputs

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Help them to make small, simple movements. Encourage them to make mistakes and discuss what they could do to improve.


Pupils working at greater depth: Ask to break their blob into two pieces and try to animate two blobs at a time. Remind them that they will need to move both blobs between every shot and to keep the movements small.

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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