Lesson 5: Fake emails

Children learn that not all emails are genuine and how to identify fake emails

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To understand that not all emails are genuine

Statutory guidance

Internet and safety harms

Pupils should know:

  • How to be a discerning consumer of information online including understanding that information, including that from search engines, is ranked, selected and targeted.
  • Where and how to report concerns and get support with issues online

National curriculum Computing links

Pupils should be able to:

  • Understand computer networks, including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the World Wide Web, and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration
  • 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) on a range of digital devices to design and create […] content that accomplishes given goals
  • 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

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Keep the Presentation: Fake emails visible on the board or print out slides for them to refer to during the lesson.

Pupils working at greater depth: Encourage them to think about different ways that fake emails can be introduced.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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