Lesson 5: Password protection

Learning how to manage passwords safely, knowing what to do if someone hacks an account or finds a password and understanding what makes a strong password.

Learning objective

  •  To manage personal passwords effectively

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact

Success criteria

Cross curricular Links

Before the lesson

Download classroom resources

Attention Grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Use the Activity: Access system – support version sheet with guidance and support from the adults in the class.


Pupils working at greater depth: The pupils can move away from the sweet dispenser to think of their own device. Get the children to think in more detail about the generation of the usernames and passwords, how they will store and manage these securely and how they will hand them out.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progression and understanding


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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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