Lesson 5: Fake emails

Learning 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

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 pupils 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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Sarah Huggins,  
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Sarah has over 20 years’ experience in education. Starting as a Primary teacher, Sarah then moved into an advisory role that covered both PSHE education and Citizenship. She delivers courses for teachers, as well as sessions for children and young…
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