In this unit, Year 4 pupils will develop their understanding of how digital images can be changed and edited and how they can be resaved and reused. Pupils will be encouraged to consider the impact that editing images can have, and evaluate the effectiveness of their choices. This unit provided by the National Centre for Computing Education covers key areas of the Lower Key Stage 2 computing curriculum;

  • Use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly.
  • Select, use and combine a variety of software on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs,  systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information,
  • Use search technologies effectively, appropriate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content.




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Lesson 1 - Changing Digital Images

In this session, pupils will be introduced to an online editor and will make changes to an image and then save the image as a new version. Pupils will explore how images can be changed in real life, understand the effect that editing can have on an image and will have the opportunity to compare unplugged cropping...

Lesson 2 - Changing Composition of images

In this session pupils will be supported to identify changes that have been made to edited images, to search for and save images from a copyright-free website and use an image editor to make a new image composition with cross-curricular links to current or past classroom topics. This session is second in a six...

Lesson 3 - Changing Images For Different Uses

In this session pupils will have the opportunity to explore devices and apps, making short recordings to familiarise themselves with devices and apps. Through the resources pupils are supported to locate the functions and practice the safe handling of equipment. They are encouraged to use functions such as zoom,...

Lesson 4 - Retouching Images

This computing activity gives Year 4 pupils the opportunity to edit images using retouching tools. This session aims to teach pupils how to identify an image that has been retouched, to give examples of the positive and negative effects that retouching can have on an image and to choose appropriate tools to retouch...