Lesson 3: Planning my stop motion project

Children think of a simple story idea for their animation then decompose it into smaller parts to create a storyboard with simple characters

Before the lesson


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Learning objectives

  • To plan my stop motion video, thinking about the characters I want to use

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 parts
  • 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: Give the children an idea to work on and work together to decompose into a storyboard. Use the Activity: Storyboard worksheet support version.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should take a lead in their group animation.

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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