Curriculum - ICT - Lesson Plan - Talent spotters

2nd July 2010 at 01:00
Secondary: Pupils will be more interested in using ICT to plan and organise their work once you revolve lessons around an imaginary reality television show

What the lesson is about

This uses a fictional talent contest to give pupils practice in functional skills. It is aimed at key stage 4 pupils.

Aims: pupils can:

- select and use software applications to meet their needs;

- use ICT to plan and organise their work;

- use ICT to keep information secure;

- use search techniques to locate and select relevant information;

- practise sending and receiving emails;

- practise processing numerical data.

Getting started

Explain that you have seen an advertisement for a reality television show called Sing to Win and that the show's producer is looking for people to take part. Show them the podcast available on the link below and answer any questions about the competition.

Ask pupils to write an email application, including the producer's email address, a subject, a brief description of why they want to appear on the show, contact details and an appropriate close, such as "Yours faithfully".

Explain that people often scan the subject line to decide whether or not to open the message, and that leaving it blank may mean the recipient treats it as junk and deletes it, so it is important to enter a subject that is meaningful and relevant.

Explain that it is important to recognise the difference between formal and informal text, and that while it is acceptable to use abbreviations and slang when addressing a friend, in this case it is not.

Tell them that if you do not know the person you should address them more formally, as you would do in a letter. Explain that reading on screen is more difficult than reading on paper, so the text should be short and to the point.

Ask pupils to send the email, which goes to a dummy account producing an automatic response inviting them to an audition. Ask them to note the relevant details of the audition and put them into their electronic diaries.

The auditions will be held at Wembley Arena. How will they get there? Ask them to find a map showing the arena and work out how to get to their destination from the nearest tube station.

Taking it further

Tell pupils they now need to find how to get to London and then to Wembley in time for their 11.30am audition. Ask them to access a train timetable and work out the best route. What time do they need to get to London? Will they have to change trains? How long will it take to get across London to Wembley? Ask them to work out what train they would take to get home. Draw up a list of statements based on the timetable, for example: "The 08:00 train takes less than two-and-a-half hours to get to London", and "The 17:28 from King's Cross involves one change." Get pupils to answer true or false to each statement.

Where to find it

The lesson plan, plus all supporting materials, was uploaded by jiwells and can be found at

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