Creating Media - Desktop Publishing

In this unit, Year 3 pupils will become familiar with terms ‘text’ and ‘images’ and understand that they can be used to communicate messages. Pupils will have the opportunity to use desktop publishing software and consider choices of font size, colour and type to edit and improve documents. Pupils will be introduced to the terms ‘templates’, ‘orientation’ and ‘placeholders’ and being to understand how these can support them to make their own template for a magazine cover. Pupils will move onto adding text and images to their own pieces of work using desktop publishing software before thinking carefully about the purposes of a range of page layouts. Finally, pupils will evaluate how and why desktop publishing is used in the real world. This unit provided by the National Centre for Computing Education covers key areas of the Lower Key Stage 2 computing curriculum;

  • Select, use and combine a variety of software on a range of digital devices and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information.
  •  Use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly.

 

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Creating Media - Desktop Publishing Overview

This resource provides a unit overview for the Year 3 ‘Creating Media- Desktop Publishing’ unit of work. It gives a clear overview of objectives to be covered within each session and a learning graph to show the range of skills being developed through this computing unit.

 

Lesson 1 - Words And Pictures

In this session, Year 3 pupils will become familiar with the terms ‘text’ and ‘images’ and understand that text and images need to be used carefully if they are to communicate messages clearly. Pupils are supported to explain the advantages and disadvantages of using text, images or both to communication messages...

Lesson 2 - Can You Edit It?

This session gives pupils the opportunity to look into desktop publishing. Pupils will think about how to make careful choices when looking at font size, colour, and type in an invitation, as well as exploring the use of the ‘return’, ‘backspace’ and ‘shift’ keys. Pupils will also be taught to type age-appropriate...

Lesson 3 - Great Template!

In this session, pupils will be introduced to the terms ‘templates’, ‘orientation’, and ‘placeholders’ within desktop publishing software. Pupils will have the opportunity to create their own magazine templates, which they will add further content to in the following sessions. This session and supporting resources...

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