Year 5 Lesson plans – Semester 1

year 5 ict resources

I have tried to put these Year 5 lessons in the order I would teach them. At the start of the Year, I think it is important to go through all the basics at the start of the Year – just in case they forgot and also to make sure, they have no excuse not to complete any work set in the future. Year 4 lesson plans will cover similar material. There will be more teaching, easier exercises and more time required to complete tasks. There should be more independent work in Year 5, etc.

  1. Planning required: Set usernames and passwords for school computer usage before the lesson starts. Create an “ICT Rules for your classroom” slideshow. Also, plan where you want students to sit. I usually have a boy and then a girl etc. I put them in order and keep track of it – so I know who sits where. This means that if I have two chatty students sitting next to each other, I quickly know who they are and can split them up quickly, etc. 
    • Main objectives: Get students to tell you why rules are needed.
    • The lesson: Brainstorm with students what the rules of the ICT room are. List them on the board. Show them my PowerPoint presentation and teach them some basic Powerpoint skills. Ask them to create their own slideshow and include their own rules. Extension exercise: they can also create posters in the slideshow with one poster per slide. Get students to log in to the school computers (to know their Passwords etc. and I help them sort out any issues). Get students to log in to Schoology and if they can’t, show them how to create a Gmail account. Ask them to create one at home for homework (needs validation via a phone number etc.) Make sure they know the ICT Rules, how to behave in class and where to sit etc. Also, show students how to save a document to their “My documents” folder and make sure every student has saved their “ICT Rules” files to this area. Ask them to finish the slideshow for homework.
  2. Planning required: Documents that detail how to use Schoology and how to use the desktop, my documents, etc. Upload them to Schoology
    • Main objectives: Familiarity with Schoology, the desktop, “My documents”, creating a folder, saving a file to that folder and common shortcuts, etc. Some more Powerpoint skills (Inserting clip art, opening files, inserting text boxes, animations)
    • The lesson: Show the students how to insert clip-art and text boxes into MS Powerpoint. Check all students have a Gmail account and an account with Schoology. Show students the Schoology platform, how to submit assignments, how to upload and download resources etc. Get students to create or change their profile picture etc. and make sure they have sensible profile names etc. Ask them to upload their ICT Rules PowerPoint slideshow to Schoology and make sure they understand how. Show students the search bar on the desktop and how to use it. Show them how to find “My documents” and get them to create a folder called “ICT work” in it. Ask students about common shortcuts such as Control key + C etc. Put a list of the common ones on the board (C, V, P, S, A, Z, Y, and X). Get them to create a table in a second Powerpoint slideshow called “Shortcuts and keyboard skills” and get them to detail them e.g. Copy = Ctrl Key + C. Make sure they save their work regularly in all ICT lessons by pressing Ctrl key + S. Switch their screens off and test their knowledge of the shortcuts. Get students to create posters for the shortcuts (One shortcut per slide with a picture)
    • After the lesson: I mark students work on Schoology, pick the best ones, download them, print off the best slides and hang them in the classroom (ICT Rules and Shortcuts)
  3. Planning required: Find a picture of a QWERTY keyboard on the internet and write down the URL – just in case students can’t find one easily in the lesson. Put this information on Schoology so students don’t have to ask you where to find one.
    • Main objectives: Familiarity with the keyboard, using the internet, internet images, word-wrap, and transitions.
    • The lesson: Go through lowercase letters, uppercase letters, tab key, characters, symbols (foreign letters, copyright logo, etc.), caps lock, shift key, etc. Show them how to open and give them their class code etc. They then log-in and create an account. Tell them that I can monitor their learning and show them! Set them homework to know all the keys taught and prove it on Then go through some other basic internet skills (home button, google search, forward, backward). In particular, show them how to find copyright-free & royalty-free images to copy. Then ask them to download and save a suitable picture of the QWERTY keyboard and then insert it into their Powerpoint slideshows. Show them how to “Word-wrap” an image and ask them to write about what they have learned next to the image. Get students to improve their slideshows with animations and transitions as an extension exercise.
  4. Planning required: Make sure you have an Excel spreadsheet with students details on (Name, username, a password for the computer, a password for Schoology, a password for, gender, and grades you have awarded so far, etc.) Create a Powerpoint slideshow template “All about me” detailing any extra information you want to record (think about what you would want to know when writing reports, e.g. hobbies, interests, preferred English name, etc.)
    • Main objectives: Refining Powerpoint skills and understanding how to create a good presentation
    • The lesson: Brainstorm what students could put in a slideshow called “All about me”. Then show students your “All about me” slideshow. Go through any other Powerpoint skills that you think are worthwhile knowing for a Year 5 student + what you would expect in a final presentation (max of 5 bullet points per slide, summarised information, sensible file name, audience appropriacy, mature language, and relevancy, etc.). Get students to create the slideshow. Ask students who want to show their work, do a quick collaboration session and then get students to improve their work. Get them to submit it to Schoology
    • After the lesson: Update your Excel spreadsheet with any useful information needed to help you write reports. Start to create good quality personalized paragraphs for every student you teach (about five per night). At the end of the term, you can simply copy and paste the comments into the software used to create reports. Also, make sure your grades are kept up to date with notes such as “Harry needs to…” Make sure all personal comments are on the far right side of the spreadsheet and these columns are hidden when you are at school (just in case a student wants a password)
  5. Planning required: Create an MS Word document detailing some skills they need to master over a series of three or four lessons. Printscreen the document, crop it to become a graphic showing just what you want students to do and then upload it to Schoology. Having a graphic means that it is easy to spot students who have copied it and thus will get zero for no effort!
    • Main objectives: Learning some essential wordprocessing skills and creating a document to show them
    • The lesson: Go through the skills you want them to master and then show them the graphic on Schoology. Tell them it is a “graphic” and thus, it is easy for you to spot cheats when marking completed work. Get the students to recreate the document themselves…
  6. Lessons 6, 7 and 8 – Students will work through Word-processing. Lesson content will change according to students’ needs.
  7. Lessons 6, 7 and 8 – Students will work through Word-processing. Lesson content will change according to students’ needs.
  8. Lessons 6, 7 and 8 – Students will work through Word-processing. Lesson content will change according to students’ needs. They upload the document to Schoology
  9. Planning required: The next few lessons will be about graphics. I prepare two different avatars (PNG) and one animated avatar (GIF)
    • Main objectives: Learn how to create a static and animated avatar. Learn about e-safety.
    • The lesson: Brainstorm what is e-safety and whether they should have personal pictures on the Internet (No!!!!!). Show the students Cartonify ( and how to create an avatar. Tell them to save the two avatars as PNG files, download and save them. Then get the students to create two avatars. When they have finished, show them Imgflip ( and how to use the PNG avatars to create an animated GIF file. They can use the GIF file as a profile picture on Schoology and other internet profiles they have (and keep their identity safe).  Extension – there are a host of interesting effects the students can do with Cartrstaoonify, etc.
  10. Planning required: Create a picture/logo with some transparent elements (PNG). Create a funny animated low-quality picture/logo (GIF). 
    • Main objectives: Basics of GIMP. Understand that PNG files support transparency and GIF files are used for simple animations. How to create PNG and GIF files.
    • The lesson: Show students how to use some tools in GIMP (only the ones needed for today). Show them how to create a PNG. Get students to create a PNG. Bring the class together and show them how to create a GIF in GIMP. Towards the end of the lesson ask the students which file supports transparency etc. Ask students to create a Powerpoint slideshow with the PNG and GIF avatars from lesson 9 and the PNG and GIF files from lesson 10 inserted. The Slideshow will be called “Graphics”

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Author: Piers Midwinter
Piers Midwinter is a Qualified Teacher, Native English Speaker, ex-Company director, and ex-University lecturer. He lives and works in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam
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